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Top 5 Local Festivals in Xian – Time to dive into the festivities

Festivities form the backbone of any strong culture. The days when communities gather together in reverence or celebration of a common cause are when the fondest memories of a lifetime are forged.
As a city with substantial cultural relevance for China, Xi'an is a hot spot for local festivals!


Step into the Spring Festival of Xi'an

This festival is of major significance for China as a whole. Typically referred to as Chinese New Year across the world is generally considered the Spring Festival. However, in the coming year, the Chinese New Year is set to take place on the 1st of February in 2022, heralding the start of the year of the Tiger.
In a nation without many holidays, the Spring Festival is the best time to meet friends and family. The entire country is given 7 days off for the occasion.
This particular holiday celebrates the dawn of the new lunar year and can also be the busiest time of the year. Therefore, if you are looking for hotels in Xi'an such as the Grand Park Xian, it is recommended to make your bookings at least several months in advance to ensure suitable accommodation.


Spark some joy at the Lantern Festival

Suppose you are looking for an experience that may forever change how you see the world, or remain ingrained in your mind in the years to come. In that case, the Lantern Festival is something you should not miss.
A massively ceremonial festival, the Lantern Festival is coordinated to take place on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month. This festival is also taken to signal the end of the Chinese New Year and is set for the 15th of February in 2022.
As the evening rolls by during the Lantern Festival, the streets will be set aglow with the vast swathes of lanterns that had gone up on buildings, balconies and street lamps. This sea of red will steadily flicker to a warm orange glow. Then, as people head deeper into the night, their own lanterns will be lit and released into the air, creating an incandescent blanket over the city.


Commemorate the Qingming festival

This is an extremely important festival for many people across the nation. Observed on the fifteenth day after the Spring Equinox, this festival is also referred to as either Tomb Sweeping Day, Chinese Memorial Day or Ancestors' Day.


The Dragon Boat Festival

While multiple legends surround the creation of this festival, one of the stories states that this festival initially started as a celebration for planting rice crops and a good rainfall. It is also believed that the rivers and rain were controlled by dragons. Therefore people would also place offerings into the river.


The Ghost Festival

This festival, taking place in August, is pretty much the opposite of the Qingming Festival. It is believed that the doors of heaven are opened and ghosts come out to visit the living during this month. To keep the stronger spirits happy, many people will offer them food and burn incense.

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