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The Customs of Dragon Boat Festival

June 06, 2019

 

The Dragon Boat Festival is a lunar holiday, occurring on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, which has had a history of more than 2,000 years. It is usually 

in June in the Solar calendar.

There are many different legends about the festival, but the most famous one is about Qu Yuan, a patriotic poet in ancient China. On this day, people from 

different place in china mainly to celebrate it by following customs.

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The culture of Zong Zi

Qu Yuan drowned on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month in 277 BC. Since ancient times, Chinese people threw into the water dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped 

in bamboo or reed leaves on that day. Therefore the fish would eat the rice rather than the hero poet. This later on turned into the custom of eating Zong Zi.

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Dragon Boat Race

The main event of the festivities is the Dragon Boat Race, which is a necessary part of the festival held all over the country.

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Hanging Calamus and Moxa

Hang calamus and moxa (Oriental plants) on the front door, this is also to ward off evil.

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Although the significance of the festival might be a little difference with the past, it still gives us an opportunity to glimpse a part of the rich Chinese cultural heritage.