Dragon Boat Festival In China
The Dragon Boat Festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month every year. In the spring and autumn before the Dragon Boat Festival is the festival of illnesses and epidemic prevention, because of the patriotic poet Qu yuan in the days after being the reason and evolved into Chinese Han people's reaction to Qu yuan, and honor the noble and pure feelings of the Chinese nation. Dragon Boat Festival eating zongzi, dragon boat racing, drinking realgar wine, hanging artemisia calamus leaves, hanging lotus bags and tied five color silk thread, has become a common behavior of the Chinese people.The Dragon Boat Festival is one of the national holidays and is listed on the world intangible cultural heritage list.
Main folk customs：
Dragon boat racing is the main custom of the Dragon Boat Festival. Legend has it that it originated in ancient times, the people of the state of chu were reluctant to sacrifice the good minister qu yuan to throw himself into the river and died. They rushed to dongting lake and disappeared. Then every year on May 5 to commemorate the dragon boat. People used dragon boats to disperse the fish in the river to avoid the fish eating qu yuan's body. The practice of racing is prevailing in wu, yue and chu.
The Dragon Boat Festival eats zongzi, another traditional Chinese custom. Zongzi, also known as "corn millet", "tube zongzi". It is old and varied. Every family eats zongzi in memory of qu yuan on the morning of the Dragon Boat Festival. Usually, the zongzi is wrapped the day before, cooked at night and eaten in the morning. Zongzi is mainly used river tangbian rich in tender reed leaves, some areas also useful bamboo leaves, collectively known as zongye. The traditional form of zongzi is triangle, which is generally named according to its internal flesh. The rice dumplings with glutinous rice are called rice zongzi, the ones with small beans in the rice are called small beans zongzi, and the ones with red dates are called jujube zongzi, which is called glutinous rice zongzi. Jujujube zongzi homonym for "early in", so eat the most jujube zongzi, the children who intended to read can early in the first place. The reader to participate in the imperial examination on the same day, in the morning to eat jujube reed, since middle school, the university entrance exam day morning, parents also need to do jujube reed to the examinee, wish the examinee admitted to good schools.
In 2018, Dragon Boat Festival is on Jun. 18th. We have holiday from Jun.16th to 18th to celebrate it.