07 Jun 2019

Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival or officially the Duanwu Festival, is celebrated near the summer solstice, on the fifth day of the fifth month of the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival is a public holiday in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and is unofficially celebrated by the Chinese communities in Singapore and Malaysia. This festival enjoys a higher popularity in the southern parts of China such as Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangdong and Fujian provinces. This festival has been celebrated for over 2000 years to commemorate Qu Yuan (340 – 278 BC), one of the greatest patriotic poets in Chinese history. Dragon boat racing and eating zongzi (rice dumplings) with family members are the central customs of this festival.

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