Festivals in Sichuan

As the land of abundance in China, Sichuan also has many ethnic minorities that boast brilliant and colorful festivals that worthy your time during your travel in Sichuan. We will give you a time schedule of different festivals in Sichuan so that you can plan your Sichuan tour better if you wish to see Sichuan better. Note that some of the festivals are based on the lunar calendar of the people, so if you want to experience those festivals, please contact us to confirm their real date in the Gregorian calendar to make sure you won’t miss anything.

Month Date of the festival Festival Name Introduction
January  Jan. 1st of (lunar calendar) Chinese New Year in Langzhong Chinese New Year, also referred to as the Spring Festival, is the most important festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the Lunar calendar. Langzhong Ancient Town, the birthplace of Spring Festival, will held grand event in the day to celebrate it.
Jan.9th (lunar calendar) Qiaoqi Tibetan New Year Qiaoqi Tibetan New Year, also known as Shangjiu Festival, is held on the 9th January of lunar calendar. “Shang” means the sky and “Jiu” means 9 in Chinese. According to the legend, Jan 9th is the day is the day god created the sky, and sky plays a magnificent role in Tibetan Culture. Local Tibetans take this day as their most grand festival to greet the new year. On this day, every local Tibetan family will dress new and play lion dance and other local traditional events to celebrate it.
Jan. 7th-Jan 15th of lunar calendar Zigong Dinosaur Lantern Festival The Dinosaur Lantern Festival in Zigong city is held around the Spring festival, which can be dated back to Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) Dynasties. During the festival, the China’s colorful traditional lantern made of bamboo, silk, paper and glass bottles will displayed, together with the colorful modern-style lanterns.
February  Feb. 15th of lunar calendar Chengdu Flower Festival Chengdu Flower Festival enjoys a long history of over 1,000 years, dating back to the Tang and the Song Dynasties. The festival, used to be held in the Qingyang Temple, starts on the 15th day in the second month of the lunar calendar and lasts for more than a month. The 15th day of the second lunar month is regarded as the birthday of all flowers.
March Mar. 18th Longquan International Peach Flower Festival Longquan International Peach Flower Festival is held on Longquan Mountain of Flowers and Fruits scenic spot which is the famous tourist resort. It usually starts on March 18th and lasts for half a month when the mountains are covered with beautiful peach blossoms in full bloom. Longquanyi District is one of the top four honey peach production bases and is celebrated as “The Land of Chinese Honey Peaches” by the nation. Longquan Mountain scenic area covers an area of 234 square kilometers and there are over 1,700 fruit trees. During the peach flower festival, tourists can also enjoy a number of various activities, such as the large-scale artistic performances and millions of flowers show.
Mar. 22nd-Mar. 31st  Chongzhou Kite Festival Since ancient times, Chongzhou City has the customs of making and flying kites, especially in Jinji Township. Every March 22nd and March 31st, the Kite Festival will be held in Jinji Township, which is one of the largest kite production bases in China.
April April 5th  Dujiangyan Water Releasing Festival The releasing water festival is regarded as the holy activity by local people. It is held on Tomb-sweeping Day (usually on April 5th) in praise of the builders of Dujiangyan Irrigation Project every year, marking the beginning of a new spring ploughing, according to the ancient fete ceremony.  The releasing water festival was ranked in the list of the first group of the National Intangible Heritages. Besides, the festival, together with the great Dujiangyan Irrigation System which is also UNESCO world cultural heritage site, attracts an increasing number of tourists from everywhere.
Around April Pengzhou Peony Festival Pengzhou, the largest peony cultivation base in Southwest China with a long history over 1,000 years. Pengzhou Peony Festival is ranked as one of the largest peony festivals in China, together with Luoyang Peony Festival and Heze Peony Festival. Following the traditional folk custom dating back to the Tang and Song dynasties, an annual peony festival is held in April and May in Pengzhou. Chengdu Pengzhou Peony Festival was firstly held in the year 1985 and has been ranked as one of the top 3 peony festivals in China.
May May 5th of lunar calendar Siguniang Mountain Worship Festival Siguniang Mountain Worship Festival is held on the May 5th of Lunar Calendar. On this day,  local Tibetan (Jiarong Tibetan) from all different villages will dress their traditional clothes and gather together to celebrate it. The ancient religious rituals and joyful folk songs and dances will be performed to worship a harvest year.
May 5th of lunar calendar Xinjin Dragon Boat Race The dragon boat racing on May 5th of the Chinese calendar is the traditional custom of South China. Chengdu, the region of lakes and rivers, enjoys a long history of dragon boat racing. As the South River in Xinjin County of Chengdu enjoys superior and convenient geographic condition, the dragon boat racing held there annually is exciting and impressive with rich Chinese festive spirit. Besides the dragon boat racing, there are also various entertainment performances with rich folk characteristics, causing cheers of the spectators on both banks of the river. During that day, according to the ancient tradition, local people will also eat rice dumplings and wear perfume pouch. They present the perfume pouch to their family members, expressing their love to them.
Around May 15th of lunar Calendar Singing Competition in Wangcong ancestral temple The singing competitions in Wangcong ancestral temple are the traditional folk competitions among the residents of the west of Sichuan Province, with a long history of over 1,500 years, which are one of the rare folk singing competitions in Sichuan Province. The singing competition in Wangcong temple was in a period of a great prosperity in the Qing Dynasty and has become popular nowadays. Every year, near the date of May 15th of the traditional Chinese calendar, the singing competitions are held in Wangcong ancestral temple in Pi County of Sichuan Province.
June Jun. 15th (lunar calendar) Huanglong Temple Fair Huanglong Temple Fair is held on June 15th of the lunar calendar in Huanglong Temple every year. Huanglong Temple is located at the foot of Xuebaoding which is the major peak of Minshan, in Songpan County in Aba Prefecture of Sichuan Province. Every year, from the date of June 10th of the traditional Chinese calendar, tourists from everywhere will flock to Huanglong temple by foot, horse or car, bringing cookers, delicious food and tents with them. They will burn incense and pray for a harvest year in the temple.
Jun. 25th(lunar calendar) Xicang Torch Festival Xichang Torch Festival of the Yi nationality is held annually on the 25th day of the six lunar month of the traditional Chinese calendar, lasting for three days. It is the traditional festival of the Yi nationality for driving away evil spirits and praying for a prosperous year. On that day, the local people and tourists from many other places gather there, dancing and singing joyfully in praise of the brilliant national culture and spirit. Xichang is the largest area in China, inhabited by the Yi nationality with rich ethnic customs. On the first day, the local people satisfy their stomach with mutton, beef and pure wine. On the second and third day, the climax of the festival reaches and people of all ages dressed in splendid attire gather together. The men participate in the traditional competitive sports, such as bullfight, horse racing and wrestling, while women are singing and dancing. At night, all the people holding torches sit together around the bonfire, dancing and rejoicing with wild excitement overnight. Thus, the torch festival is also celebrated as “the oriental Carnival”.
July Jul. 3rd of lunar Calendar or around Xuyong/Guning Miao Village Fair On the July 3rd each year, the Miao People will dress their best clothes to attend the village fair, where all the traditional products of Miao ethnic will be presented.
August August 1st  Litang Horce Racing Fastival The horse racing festival is held on August 1st annually on Litang County of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province. On that day, the herdsmen wearing splendid attire gather on Litang from far and near, celebrating the festival joyfully together. On the racing field, spectators can admire the galloping horses, breathtaking horse skill performances, unique plateau landscape with rich ethnic characteristics and an ocean of happiness. During the festival, there are huge crowds of people and a number of tents are set up on the grassland. Besides, a grand Buddhist ceremony is also held during the festival every year.
Aug. 18th-Aug. 24th Kangding Love Song Festival Kangding is regarded as the hometown of Love Song as the birthplace of “Kangding Love Song” which is known by the world. This song is also promoted by the UNESCO.
September Sep. 1st Guangyuan Daughter Festival The Daughter Festival is held annually in Guangyuan of Sichuan Province, where is the birthplace of the Empress Wu of the Tang Dynasty. According to the legend, the Empress Wu was born on the 23rd day of the first lunar month (usually in February), just before which her mother cruised on the river of Guangyuan and then she felt pregnant. Thus, the local people regarded Empress Wu’s birthday as a holy day, during which a large crowd of people in splendid attire stroll about to Shengze Temple, Zetian Dam and the bank of Jialing River, in memory of Empress Wu and praying for auspicious omen. Until the year 1988, Guangyuan Government decided to denominate the festival as “Daughter Festival” and made September 1st as the date of the festival. The Daughter Festival in Guangyuan is also the intangible cultural heritage.
October Middle of October Miyaluo Red Leaves Festival Miyaluo Red Leaves Festival is held in the middle of October. "Miyaluo", meaning "amusing valley" in the Tibetan language, is situated in the valley belt of Minjiang River anabranch. Miyaluo Scenic Area boasts continuous mountains, freely flowing streams, and pleasant scenery. In the dense woods along the valley grow countless trees such as maple trees, birch trees, goose-palm pines, and larch trees, etc. When autumn comes, the leaves of these trees will gradually turn gorgeously golden and cardinal red. The three thousand square kilometers of red leaves, looking like blooming flowers or moving red waves, decorate the mountains more beautifully. If you come to the scenic area in autumn, you may be intoxicated by the beautiful scenery and forget to return home.
Oct. 26th  Ganzi Danba Jiarong Tibetan Customs festival The Danba Jiarong Tibetan Customs Festival has a long history, which can be dated back to the Tang and Song Dynasties. The earliest celebrations were held to celebrate the harvest. During the summer harvest or the autumn harvest, people brought their own new wines to drink, dance and enjoy the leisure time after the harvest, and get rid of the fatigue of one year. The scale of the activity is getting bigger and bigger, and the content is getting richer.
Oct. 25th of Tibetan Calendar Ganzi Lighting Festival The lighting festival is held on the October 25th of Tibetan Calendar in order to be in memory of Tsongkhapa who is the Buddhist reformer and founder of the Gelug Sect of Buddhism. On that day, people belonging to this religious sect in every temple and the herdsmen in various villages will light up oil lamps in altars or in scripture halls in their homes all night long, reading Buddhist scriptures and praying for bless.
Oct. 1st of lunar calendar Qiang’s New Year Qiang’s New Year is also called “Ermai” by local Qiang People. It is the grandest festival for Qiang people all year around. It normally continues 3-5 days,
December Dec.13th of Tibetan Calendar Xinlong Thirteen Festival Xinlong Thirteen Festival is a unique festival in Xinlong, Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture. It is said that day is the day King Gesar reach Xinlong during his battle. So local regard it as the most important day of a year.
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