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From a modern point of view, Chinese festivals may be grouped into two large categories: festivals based on the traditional lunar calendar (calendar and chronology) with religious elements woven into them; and festivals set up by the state, based on political considerations. The first category reflects the richness of traditional Chinese culture which highlights local custom, fantasy, and religious beliefs; it demonstrates how fundamental these festivals are in structuring the life of the people. The second category ap…

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Yeh, Catherine V., “Festivals”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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