TheDragon Boat Festival is one of the most popular traditional festivalscelebrated in China, which is on the fifth of the fifth lunar month, also knownas Duanwu Festival. It’s said that it is to commemorate the death of a Chinesepatriotic poet, Qu Yuan, who was snared by corrupt officials in ancient Chinaand finally committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River to protestagainst them.
Thetraditions and customs held on this festival differ from place to place, butthere are some common in them. First, the most famous and great tradition isholding Dragon Boat races, which are held by fishermen’s attempt to protect QuYuan’s body against attacking by fishes and other animals in the river bybeating drums and row the dragon shaped boat. Nowadays dragon boat races havebeen an annual popular sport activity among people. In addition, making andeating Zongzi—a dumpling made of glutinous rice and wrapped in bamboo or reedleaves—is also a popular custom during this day. It can be made by many kindsof stuffing. What’s more, hanging herbs on the front door, drinking realgarwine and pasting up picture of Zhongkui—a mythic guardian figure in ancientchina—are also popular during the festival, which are mean to protect peoplefrom evil and disease.
Thesecustoms and traditions have been changed a little in recent years, but theystill make contribution to the spread and inheritance of Chinese culture.
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