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The Dragon Boat Festival From June 16th-18th

Jun 15, 2018

The Dragon Boat Festival is the fifth day of May in the Lunar New Year. It is also known as the Dragon Boat Festival, the Midday Festival, and the May Day.

The Dragon Boat Festival is one of China’s national holidays and has been included in the World Intangible Cultural Heritage List. The Dragon Boat Festival originated in China and was originally a festival of Chinese people's disease prevention and epidemic prevention.

Before the Spring and Autumn Period of Wuyue, there were custom to hold tribal totem worships in the form of dragon boat races on the fifth day of the Lunar New Year. Later, because the poet Qu Yuan died on this day, it became The Han Chinese people commemorate the traditional festivals of Qu Yuan; in some regions, there are also commemorations such as Wu Zixuan and Cao Yu.

On the Dragon Boat Festival, there is the custom of eating dumplings, drinking realgar wine, hanging calamus, Artemisia, Artemisiae leaves, smoking herbs, daylight, and racing dragon boats.

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