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Dragon Boat Festival: Chinese traditional festival

By Wan Sicheng (People's Daily Online)    15:34, June 06, 2019

The Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional Chinese festival which falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. It is known as one of the Four Traditional Chinese Festivals, together with Spring Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day, and Mid-Autumn Festival. Dragon Boat Festival is famous around the world, and some countries and regions outside of China also celebrate it. Since 2008, Dragon Boat Festival has been listed as a national holiday. In September 2009, the festival became the first Chinese festival to be included in the representative list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Dragon Boat Festival was originally a festival in which ancient ancestors sacrificed to the dragon god in the form of dragon boat racing. Its origin covers ancient astrology culture, humanistic philosophy and other aspects. According to legend, during the Warring States period, Qu Yuan, a patriotic poet of the state of Chu, committed suicide by jumping into a river on this day. As a result, people also used the Dragon Boat Festival as a festival to commemorate Qu. As a traditional Chinese festival, the Dragon Boat Festival has many famous traditional folk customs, enjoying an excellent reputation both at home and abroad.


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