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Dragon Boat Festival 2020

Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival, is a traditional and important celebration in China.Dragon Boat Festival 2020 falls on June 25 (Tursday). China will have 3 days of holiday from Thursday (June 25) to Saturday (June 27), and we will be back at work on Sunday , June 28.


                              

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Simple Facts to Understand Dragon Boat Festival

· Chinese: 端午节 Duānwǔ Jié /dwann-woo jyeah/ 'start [of the] fifth traditional solar month festival'

· 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)

When is the Dragon Boat Festival 2020

The Dragon Boat Festival date is based on the lunar calendar, therefore the date varies from year to year on the Gregorian calendar.


Dragon Boat Festival Dates (2019–2022)

2019

June 7

2020

June 25

2021

June 14

2022

June 3


What Is China's Dragon Boat Festival?

Colorfully-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.

On October 30th 2009 it was added to the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage List.


Why Dragon Boat Racing is Held for the Day?

Dragon boat racing is said to originate from the legend of people paddling out on boats to seek the body of patriotic poet Qu Yuan (343–278 BC), who drowned himself in a River.

Dragon boat racing is the most important activity during the Dragon Boat Festival.

The wooden boats are shaped and decorated in the form of a Chinese dragon. The boat size varies by region. Generally it is about 20–35 meters in length and needs 30–60 people to paddle it.

During the races, dragon boat teams paddle harmoniously and hurriedly, accompanied by the sound of beating drums. It is said that the winning team will have good luck and a happy life in the following year.


Where to See Dragon Boat Racing

Dragon boat racing has become an important competitive sport. Many places in China hold dragon boat races during the festival. Here we recommend the four most ceremonious places.

A dragon boat in the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.


· The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival: Victoria Harbor, Kowloon, Hong Kong

· Yueyang International Dragon Boat Festival: Yueyang Prefecture, Hunan Province

· Guizhou Dragon Canoe Festival of the Miao Ethnic People: Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province

· Hangzhou Dragon Boat Festival: Xixi National Wetland Park, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province


How Chinese People Celebrate the Festival

Duanwu Festival(Dragon Boat Festival) is a folk festival celebrated for over 2,000 years, when Chinese people practice various customs thought to dispel disease, and invoke good health.

Dragon boat racing


Some of the most traditional customs include dragon boat racing, eating sticky rice dumplings (zongzi), hanging Chinese mugwort and calumus, drinking realgar wine, and wearing perfume pouches.

Now many of the customs are disappearing, or no longer observed. You are more likely to find them practiced in rural areas.


Eating Sticky Rice Dumplings

Zongzi (粽子zòngzi /dzong-dzuh/) is the most traditional Dragon Boat Festival food. It is related to Qu Yuan commemoration, as the legend says that lumps of rice were thrown into the river to stop fish eating his drowned body.


Zongzi


They are a kind of sticky rice dumpling made of glutinous rice filled with meats, beans, and other fillings.Zongzi is wrapped in triangle or rectangle shapes in bamboo or reed leaves, and tied with soaked stalks or colorful silky cords.


Drinking Realgar Wine

There is an old saying: 'Drinking realgar wine drives diseases and evils away!' Realgar wine is a Chinese alcoholic drink consisting of fermented cereals and powdered realgar.

In ancient times, people believed that realgar was an antidote for all poisons, and effective for killing insects and driving away evil spirits. So everyone would drink some realgar wine during Duanwu Festival.


Wearing Perfume Pouches

 

Perfume Pouches

Before Dragon Boat Festival arrives, parents usually prepare perfume pouches for their children.

They sew little bags with colorful silk cloth, fill the bags with perfumes or herbal medicines, and then string them with silk threads.

During Dragon Boat Festival perfume pouches are hung around kids' necks or tied to the front of a garment as an ornament. The perfume pouches are said to protect them from evil.

 

Hanging Chinese Mugwort and Calamus

The Dragon Boat Festival is held at the start of summer, when diseases are more prevalent. Mugwort leaves are used medicinally in China.

 

Plants for Dragon Boat Festival

Their fragrance is very pleasant, deterring flies and mosquitoes. Calamus an aquatic plant that has similar effects.

On the fifth day of the fifth month, people usually clean their houses, courtyards, and hang mugwort and calamus on doors lintels to discourage diseases. It is also said hanging mugwort and calamus can bring good luck to the family.

How Did Dragon Boat Festival Start?

There are many legends about the origin of the Dragon Boat Festival. The most popular one is in commemoration of Qu Yuan.

 

Competitors are paddling hard in a dragon boat race.

Qu Yuan (340–278 BC) was a patriotic poet and exiled official during the Warring States Period of ancient China.

He drowned himself in the Miluo River on the 5th day of the 5th Chinese lunar month, when his beloved Chu State fell to the State of Qin.

 

Visiting China at the Dragon Boat Festival

 

Our customers taking a bamboo raft to see the beautiful scenery of the Li River in Guilin

Many Chinese people will make use of the 3-day holiday to go traveling.

Therefore, during the Dragon Festival, most attractions will be crowded, cheap public transport (like buses and trains) may be sold out, and accommodation may be slightly more expensive.

Contact us and we can help you avoid the hassles, and have a China experience that includes the best of the Dragon Boat Festival.

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