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How Chinese Celebrate Christmas

Christmas is one of the most important holidays in Western culture. Although it is not as big a deal to most Chinese people as the traditional Spring Festival, it is getting increasingly popular in China these days.

It is Christmas time again. How do Chinese plan to celebrate it this year? Our reporter Zhong Qiu has hit the street to find out the answer.


Like many other Chinese people, college student Cai Lizhen says Christmas does not mean a whole lot to him.

"Honestly, I don't have any plans. It's just another ordinary day as far as I'm concerned. I'll go through my routines like I always do."

A working lady gives a similar answer. She has never celebrated Christmas before, but things are going to change for her this year, thanks to her boyfriend.

"I was planning to ask her out on Christmas Eve and spend a romantic evening together. It was supposed to be a pleasant surprise. But since you asked, I have to let the cat out of the bag now!"

Apparently, he is not the only one who has romance on his mind. A college student shares the same thought.

"I'll probably send flowers to my girlfriend. We'll have dinner and watch a movie or something. It's nice to be with your loved one on Christmas Eve."

While some plan to celebrate Christmas as if it were Valentine's Day, hanging out with friends is still the number one choice for most people.

"I'll go shopping with friends, probably at Xidan. We might also go to some party later on."

"I'll be partying with my classmates on Christmas Eve, and then with my friends on Christmas Day."

"I will spend Christmas Eve with my foreign friends. We'll probably go to some Western-themed party."

One would normally think that in China, only teenagers and young adults are interested in Christmas. Turns out this is not the case. A retired employee from the Beijing Service Bureau for Diplomatic Missions says she also enjoys the holiday.

"I think Christmas is pretty nice. I like celebrating it too."

A middle-aged woman also believes Christmas is not just for the young or the religious.

"I'm not a Christian, but I love Christmas Eve. I usually have friends come over, eat, drink and sing. The Christmas songs are all so pleasant to hear. I'm so into this holiday that I decorate my house with Christmas adornments every year."

This year is no exception for her. She has bought a Christmas tree and done all the decoration.


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