Dragon Boat Festival is the 5th day of the 5th lunar month. In china it is very important public holiday.

How to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival

happy Dragon Boat Festival

In this day,Dragon boat racing can be considered the most important activity,
Teams of 30 or 60 people paddle wooden dragon shaped boats accompanied by the sound of beating drums.The boat size can vary by region and is generally about 20–35 meters.
It is believed that the winning team will have good luck and have a happy life in the following year.

Also in this day,sticky rice dumplings are favorite food.sticky rice dumplings are called zongzi. It can be salty or sweet and can contain red beans, vegetables, or meat.filling. Traditions of making these special dumplings vary across different parts of China.

How is this festival originated?

It is said to commemorate the great poet QuYuan.
In 278 BCE, he was greatly concerned over the corruption in the government and felt powerless to remedy against it, QuYuan drowned himself by attaching a heavy stone to his chest and jumping into the Miluo River.

According to a Chinese legend, fishermen rowed dragon boats to recover Qu Yuan’s body and tried to scare away the sea creatures by beating drums and splashing their paddles.

Furthermore they wrapped some rice into triangle silk packages to ward off the dragon that haunted the river so that the monster would not eat the body of the poet.

Since then, every year on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar, Chinese people sympathize with Qu Yuan’s death rowing “Dragon boats” and eating rice dumplings.

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