Dragon Boat Festival

Thursday, January 12, 2023

The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Double Ninth Festival and the mid day festival, is a folk festival integrating worship of gods and ancestors, praying for blessings and ward off evil spirits, celebration, entertainment and diet. The Dragon Boat Festival originated from the worship of natural phenomena and evolved from the sacrifice of dragons in ancient times. The Dragon Boat Festival is an auspicious day of "flying dragon in the sky". The dragon and dragon boat culture has always run through the inheritance history of the Dragon Boat Festival.

The Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional cultural festival popular in China and other countries in the Chinese character cultural circle. It is said that Qu Yuan, a poet of the state of Chu in the Warring States period, jumped into the Miluo River and committed suicide on the fifth day of May. Later generations also took the Dragon Boat Festival as a festival to commemorate Qu Yuan; There are also statements in memory of Wu Zixu, Cao E and Jie Zitui. The origin of the Dragon Boat Festival covers the ancient astrological culture, humanistic philosophy and other aspects, contains profound and rich cultural connotation, and integrates a variety of folk customs in the inheritance and development. Due to different regional cultures, there are differences in the content or details of customs.

The Dragon Boat Festival, the Spring Festival, the Qingming Festival and the Mid Autumn Festival are known as the four traditional festivals in China. The Dragon Boat Festival culture has a wide influence in the world. Some countries and regions in the world also have activities to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. In May 2006, the State Council listed it in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage list; Since 2008, it has been listed as a national legal holiday. In September 2009, UNESCO officially approved its inclusion in the list of representative works of human intangible cultural heritage, and the Dragon Boat Festival.

The customs of Dragon Boat Festival mainly include:

chī zònɡ zi

吃  粽   子  Eat Zongzi

eat rice dumplings, 吃粽子, chi zong zi

sài lónɡ zhōu

赛  龙   舟  Dragon-boat Racing

Dragon boat racing, 赛龙舟, sai long zhou

ɡuà ài cǎo

挂  艾 草  hang wormwood

hang wormwood, 挂艾草, gua ai cao

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