Chinese Festival—-Dragon Boat Festival

Date: Jun. 11, 2021

The fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar is an important traditional Chinese festival—-the Dragon Boat Festival. On this day, every family has to eat zongzi, drink realgar wine, hang calamus and wormwood, and some places also hold dragon boat races.
Dragon Boat Festival

There is a widely circulated story about the Dragon Boat Festival. In ancient China, there was a great patriotic poet named Qu Yuan. On the fifth day of the fifth lunar month in 278 AD, Qu Yuan plunged into Jiuluojiang in despair and anger. After hearing the news, the local people immediately rowed to rescue them, but in the end, they were salvaged to Dongting Lake and did not find Qu Yuan’s body. To pin their sorrow for Qu Yuan, people rowed boats on the river to express their nostalgia for Qu Yuan. This behavior has evolved into the current festival item-the dragon boat race. The people were also afraid that the fish in the river would eat Qu Yuan’s body, so they brought rice cakes from their homes and threw them into the river, lest the fish and shrimps would eat Qu Yuan’s body. This formed the custom of eating zongzi.

Dragon Boat Festival

According to the above story, the custom of the Dragon Boat Festival is to commemorate Qu Yuan. In addition to the Dragon Boat Festival, China also has many traditional cultures and festivals, such as the Spring Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, and Ching Ming Festival. Every festival in China covers a lot of history and culture, has a long history, and is broad and profound.

Dragon Boat Festival

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