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Chinese Dragon Boat Festival

Date When Celebrated : 5 fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar

Dates: June 7, 2019 June 25, 2020; June 14, 2021; June 3, 2022

The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is an ancient event, celebrating patriotism and sacrifice. It dates back thousands of years. It commemorates Qu Yuan, an ancient Chinese patriotic poet. This holiday has its roots in the worship of dragons.

Traditionally on this day, people paddle out onto the water in canoe-like boats, to search for the body of Qu Yuan who drowned (343-278 B.C.). His body was never found. The dragon race is the most important tradition of the celebration. Over the years, this event evolved into the competitive sport of dragon boat racing.

People celebrate this day in a number of other ways:

  • Sticky rice dumplings called "zongzi" are eaten.

  • People perform health related customs, like taking long walks.

  • Hanging Mugwort and Calmus

  • Drinking realgar wine

  • Writing spells

  • Wearing perfume pouches

Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is also called Duanu or Tuen Ng Festival

In addition to being celebrated in China, this holiday is popular in Chinese communities in other countries.

 

Have a Happy Chinese Dragon Boat Festival!


The Origin of Chinese Dragon Boat Festival:

The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival dates back thousands of years.


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