China has 9 national holidays: January 1st (New Year), Chinese New Year in (this date varies each year and depends on the Chinese lunar calendar); March 8th (International Women’s Day); May 1st (Labour Day); May 4th (Youth Day); June 1st (Children’s Day); July 1st (the CCP’s Birthday - founding of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921 in Shanghai); August 1st (anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army); October 1st (National Day - founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949).
Special ceremonies are held in Taoist and Buddhist temples on full moon and new moon days. It is fun to get an inside view on such days. The Lantern Festival is especially colourful (Yuàxi-o Jié). It marks the end of the Chinese New Year season; the people make paper lanterns and walk through the streets with them in the evening.