Chinese Culture

Dates of Significance

The following are dates of significance or public holidays in China. Some traditional events are based on the Chinese lunisolar calendar and, therefore, exact dates may vary each year.

  • New Year’s Day (1st of January)
  • Laba Festival (varies each year, usually in January)
  • Chinese New Year/Spring Festival (varies each year, usually in late January to early February and lasts for 15 days)
  • Lantern Festival (varies each year, usually in February to early March)
  • Women’s Day (8th of March)
  • Qingming Festival/Tomb-Sweeping Day (varies each year, usually in early April)
  • Labour Day (1st of May)
  • Children’s Day (1st of June)
  • Dragon Boat Festival (varies each year, usually in June)
  • Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese Communist Party (1st of July)
  • Double Seventh Festival (varies each year, usually in August)
  • Mid-Autumn Festival (varies each year, usually in September to early October)
  • National Day (1st - 7th of October)
  • Chongyang Festival (varies each year, usually in October)
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  • Population
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Mandarin (official)
    Plus other dialects
  • Religions
    No Religion (52.5%)
    Folk Religion (21.9%)
    Buddhism (18.2%)
    Christianity (5.1%)
    Islam (1.8%)
    [2010 est.]
    Note: China is officially atheist.
  • Ethnicities
    Han Chinese (91.6%)
    Zhuang (1.3%)
    Other (7.1%)
    [2010 est.]
    Note: The Chinese Government officially recognises 56 ethnic groups including Hui, Manchu, Uighur, Miao, Yi, Tujia, Tibetan, Mongol, Dong, Buyei, Yao, Bai, Korean, Hani, Li, Kazakh, Dai and other nationalities.
  • Cultural Dimensions
  • Australians with Chinese Ancestry
    1,213,903 [2016 census]
Chinese in Australia
  • Population
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan
  • Average Age
  • Gender
    Male (44.4%)
    Female (55.6%)
  • Religion
    No Religion (63.2%)
    Buddhism (16.2%)
    Catholic Christianity (3.4%)
    Other (11.4%)
  • Ancestry
    Chinese (94.1%)
    English (1.8%)
    Russian (1.4%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Mandarin (65.3%)
    Cantonese (22.5%)
    Samoan (2.5%)
    Chinese (6.0%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 49.4% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (48.9%)
    Victoria (29.4%)
    Queensland (8.5%)
    Western Australia (5.2%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (38.2%)
    2001-2006 (23.7%)
    2007-2011 (33.7%)
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