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.
What Is China's Dragon Boat Festival?
The festival has long been a traditional holiday in China , Originated from the memorial and respect for Qu Yuan.
Why Dragon Boat Racing is Held for the Day?
Dragon boat racing originated from the search for the dead body drowned by Qu Yuan in the river.The shape of the dragon boat is similar to that of the dragon in Western stories, and the size of the boat varies from region to region. Usually, it is about 20-35 meters in length and requires 30-60 people to paddle.During the game, the dragon boat team paddles harmoniously and quickly in the drumming sound. It is said that the winning team will have good luck and a happy life in the coming year.
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.
Zongzi 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.
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.
A lot of people on our team like to eat Zongzi.
Hanging Chinese Mugwort
The Dragon Boat Festival is held at the start of summer, when diseases are more prevalent. Mugwort leaves are used medicinally in China.Their fragrance is very pleasant, deterring flies and mosquitoes. On the fifth day of the fifth month, people usually clean their houses, courtyards, and hang mugwort on doors lintels to discourage diseases.
The reason why traditional festivals are popular in China is because it represents the desire and expectation of a good life for every Chinese.
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