Festivals and Celebrations in Henan Province

Memorial Ceremony to Ancestor in Yellow Emperor’s Native Place (Yanhuang Culture and Tourism Festival)

Time: on the third day of the third lunar month every year

Venue: Xinzheng, Zhengzhou

What’s On: Dating back their civilized history to 5,000 years ago, the Chinese are known as the descendents of Yanhuang (descendents of Yan Emperor and Yellow Emperor). Both Yandi (Yan Emperor) and Huangdi (Yellow Emperor) were tribal chiefs in their time. With their combined forces, they defeated Chiyou, another tribal leader and Huangdi united China after 52 battles. All Chinese, despite their nationalities, regard Huangdi as their ancestor. Huangdi, the initiator of Chinese civilization, was hence worshipped by his descendents.

Memorial Ceremony to Ancestor in Yellow Emperor's Native Place

The Yanhuang Culture and Tourism Festival was launched in 1992, focusing on seeking the roots and worshipping the ancestors. And the festival was upgraded to the Memorial Ceremony to Ancestor in Yellow Emperor’s Native Place in 2006. Every year on March 3 of the lunar calendar, the day when the first emperor in China established the first nation in Chinese history, people of Chinese origin from home and abroad gather in Xinzheng, the birthplace of the Yellow Emperor, to offer sacrifices and worship this legendary ancestor of the Chinese nation.

Luoyang Peony Culture Festival

Time: from April 8 to May 8

Venue: Luoyang

What’s On: The Peony Culture Festival is the largest annual festival of Luoyang, which integrates tourism, economy, trade, scientific and technological exchanges, culture, art and sports. More than 30 such fairs have been held since 1983. Every year, it attracts more than three million visitors. Now Luoyang is becoming more and more famous because of peonies.

Peony Culture Festival of Luoyang China

Kaifeng Chrysanthemum Fair

Time: from October 25 to November 25

Venue: Kaifeng

What’s On: During the Chrysanthemum Fair, you can appreciate chrysanthemum in full bloom, watch cultural and folklore performances and take part in economic and trade activities.

Kaifeng Chrysanthemum Fair

Heluo Culture Festival

Time: from September 27 to October 27 every year

Venue: Luoyang

What’s On: The Heluo Culture Festival is a comprehensive tourism festival, aiming to promote Heluo culture and inherit Heluo civilization. During the festival, various activities will be held, such as Guanlin International Worship Festival, Funiu Mountain Red Leaf Festival, Luoyang Delicacy Festival, fair of local products from the mountainous area in western Henan, Xin’an Yellow River Longtan Canyon Rock Climbing Competition, Exhibition of Rare Rocks from the Yellow River, and Peony Exhibition, etc.

Heluo Culture Festival

Jiaozuo International Taijiquan Exchange Competition

Time: in August once every two years

Venue: Jiaozuo

What’s On: The Jiaozuo International Taijiquan Exchange Competition, started from 1992, is held in August once every two years. Jiaozuo International Taijiquan Exchange Competition has played an important role in promoting Taijiquan around the world and expanding its influence domestically and internationally.

Jiaozuo International Taijiquan Exchange Competition

Yinshang Culture and Tourism Festival

Time: from September to October every year

Venue: Anyang

What’s On: The China Anyang Yinshang Culture and Tourism Festival, held from September to October every year, is a large comprehensive festival integrating culture, tourism, economy and trade. It includes the Folk Art Tour, the International Symposium on Zhou Yi (I Ching or Book of Changes), the International Yinshang Culture Academic Symposium, the exhibitions of fine arts, photos and calligraphic works, etc.

Yinshang Culture and Tourism Festival

Sanmenxia International Yellow River Tourism Festival

Time: from April 20 to April 25

Venue: Sanmenxia

What’s On: First Launched in 1992, the Sanmenxia International Yellow River Tourism Festival is held once a year. With the broad and profound Yellow River culture as the theme, the festival has initiated a number of romantic and fantastic tours, such as the Yellow River Tour, Tour of Looking for the Roots and Paying Homage to Ancestor, Yellow River Folklore Tour, Tour of Guo State’s Culture and Tour of Patio and Kiln Houses in West Henan. During the festival, many activities will also be held, such as the Exhibition of High-quality Cultural Relics Unearthed in Sanmenxia, the Sales Exhibition of Famous and Special Products of Sanmenxia, the Presentation of the Foreign Economic Cooperative Projects of Sanmenxia, and other symposiums and business talks.

Sanmenxia International Yellow River Tourism Festival

Ancient Temple Fair in Xunxian County

Time: The temple fair is held in the first lunar month and the eighth lunar month every year (the first one is from the first day of the first lunar month to the second day of the second lunar month)

Venue: Hebi

What’s On: The Ancient Temple Fair in Xunxian County in the first lunar month, which originated from the late Zhao Dynasty of the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420-859), shows the integration of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. For instance, the monks and Taoists take turns to be in charge of the temple fair and handle relevant affairs, and the Taoist services and Buddhist rites are held simultaneously. The rich and varied temple fair culture features the melodious Buddhist and Taoist music, the mysterious religious paintings, the religious lectures on advising people to do good deeds, the large village festive activities and folk handicrafts.

Ancient Temple Fair in Xunxian County

Taihao Mausoleum Temple Fair

Time: second day of the second lunar month to the third day of the third lunar month

Venue: Huaiyang County, Zhoukou City

What’s On: From the second day of the second lunar month to the third day of the third lunar month every year, people in the areas near Huaiyang gather at the Taihao Mausoleum to worship Fu Xi, founder of the Chinese nation. Covering over 36 hectares, the Taihao Mausoleum of Fu Xi is admired for its huge scale and splendid buildings. In the area of Central China, there is no other temple fair which can rival Taihao Mausoleum Temple Fair in its overwhelming influence and long duration.

Taihao Mausoleum Temple Fair

Mount Yao Red Leaf Festival

Time: from October 9 to October 15 every year

Venue: Mount Yao in Pingdingshan

What’s On: Mount Yao, formerly Mount Shiren, is located in west of Pingdingshan, Henan Province. Initiated in 1996, the Mount Yao Red Leaf Festival is held from October 9 to October 15 every year, when the mountain is covered with red leaves, presenting a fascinating view. During the festival, the fair of local products from the mountainous areas will be held, which attracts a great number of domestic and foreign businesspeople every year.

Mount Yao Red Leaf Festival

Memorial Activity Marking Laozi’s Birthday

Time: the 25th day of the 2nd lunar month (the birthday of Laozi) every year

Venue: Hangu Pass, Sanmenxia

What’s On: The activity is held at the Taichusheng Palace in Lingbao Temple where Laozi, founder of Taoism, wrote Tao Te Ching or Classic of the Way and Virtue. The Lingbao Temple is a holy land of Taoism well-known both at home and abroad. The memorial activity attracts numerous domestic and foreign tourists and Taoist inspection groups from all over the world every year.

Memorial Activity Marking Laozi's Birthday

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