The Chinese Golden Week, or Golden Weeks in China, are a pair of biannual holidays that last for a period of seven days. With a huge migrant population that work far away from their families, workers use these holidays as an opportunity to travel home and spend time with their family and friends.
The first and busiest Golden Week in China is during the Chinese New Year, celebrated either in January or February depending on when the first day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar fall on. This year, the first of the two golden weeks start on January 19th and goes on until the 24th.
With the most important element of Chinese New Year being the reunion dinner, held on the eve of the New Year, Chinese workers travel great distances to be home for this special occasion. This is the time when all the family members come together for a meal, traditionally held at their parents’ or eldest brother’s home.
The second celebration, termed ‘the National Golden Week’, begins around October 1st. The People’s Republic of China was founded on October 1st, 1949, with a ceremony at Tianamem Square. The Central Government then declared that October 1st was to become the official National Day of the People’s Republic of China.
Celebrations on this day include several festivities organised by the government. Featuring among these festivities are firework displays and cultural performances.
Over 100 million people hit the roads, rails and airports each year during the Golden Week holidays – such is the popularity and importance of this week.
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