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Han Nationality

 

Population: 1.2 billion
 
Inhabited in:
All parts of the country, but mainly in the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River, the Yangtze River and the Pearl River.
 
Language: Chinese
 
Festivals:
New Year Day, Spring Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-autumn Festival, Double 9th Festival, Lanterns Festival.
 
Religions: Buddhism, Daoism, Roman Catholicism, Christian and Islamism.
 
Description:
The appellation of "Han" originated from the Han Dynasty during the 2nd and 3rd centuries, the first prosperous dynasty of Chinese history after Qin’s unification. And it continues to be the majority population in China, merged with many different tribal clans. Before that, the people were called "Huaxia". The earliest Han people can be traced to the Hua Xia tribe, who originally settled in the middle area of the Yellow River (Huanghe). The legendary leader of the Hua Xia tribe was Huang Di (Emperor Yellow). The Chinese refer to themselves as the descendants of Huang Di, and describe the Yellow River as the cradle of their civilization development.