Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival, is a traditional and important celebration in China.
falls on June 6 (Friday). China will have 3 days of holiday from Friday(June 6) to Sunday(June 9), and we will be back at work on Monday, June 10.
The Dragon Boat Festival date is based on the lunar calendar, therefore the date varies from year to year on the Gregorian calendar.
Date: month 5 day 5 of the Chinese lunar calendar
History: over 2,000 years
Celebrations: dragon boat racing, health-related customs, honoring Qu Yuan and others
Popular festival food: sticky rice dumplings (zongzi)
1. The Festival Date Varies Each Year!
The date for the Dragon Boat Festival changes each year. It is on the fifth day of the fifth month according to China's lunar calendar, which falls in the period from May 25th to July 24th. Dragon Boat Festival 2016 falls on June 9th.
2.What Is China's Dragon Boat Festival?
The Dragon BoatsColorfully-painted dragon boats
It's a traditional festival full of traditions and superstitions, maybe originating from dragon worship; an event on the sporting calendar; and a day of remembrance/worship for Qu Yuan, Wu Zixu, and Cao E.
The festival has long been a traditional holiday in China.
3. It Is an Traditional Festival to Worship an Ancient Chinese Poet — Qu Yuan
Dragon Boat RacingDragon Boat Racing is the most ceremonial activity held during the Dragon Boat Festival.
The origin of Dragon Boat Festival is said to be from the Warring States Period when the patriotic poet, Qu Yuan, drowned himself in the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.
Local people raced their boats to search for his body and dropped lumps of rice into the river so the fish would not feast on Qu Yuan's body.
In order to commemorate Qu Yuan, this practice continues today.
4. Eating Zongzi is the Most Popular Custom
In the morning of the festival, every family eats zongzi to commemorate Qu Yuan. Zongzi is a kind of sticky rice dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves. It is made from sticky rice with various fillings. People usually prepare zongzi a day before the festival.
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