Dragon Boat Festival

Duanwu Festival 端午节

History

Also known as double fifth the Dragon Boat Festival is held every year on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month.
  • 2012- June 23
  • 2013- June 12
In 278 BCE, Qu Yuan, poet and states man of the Chu Kingdom during the Warring States Period committed suicide, After being banished for opposing the alliance; Yuan was accused of treason. During his exile he committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month. Locals who admired Yuan were said to have paddled boats; either to have scared the fish from eating the body or to retrieve his body. This is said to be the origin of the Dragon Boat Racing.

Activities

Common activities
  • Racing Dragon Boats
  • Hanging icons of Zhong Kui
  • Hanging Mugwort and Calamus
  • Taking long walks
  • Writing spells
Games
  • Making an egg stand at noon- if you make the egg stand at exactly 12:00 noon you will have good luck for a year
All activities were regarded by the ancients as effective in preventing disease or evil and promoting health and well-being.

Hong Kong dragon boat festival makes a splash

Food

Vocabulary

Holiday- 节日 jiérì
Dragon Boat Festival- 端午节 duānwǔ jié
Lunar- 太阴 tàiyīn
Month- 月 yuè
Qu Yuan- 屈原qūyuán
Racing- 赛车sàichē
Egg stand- 蛋架dàn jià
Rice Dumplings- 粽子 zòngzi
Mugwort- 艾蒿 Ài hāo
Calamus- 菖蒲 chāngpú