Dragon Boat Festival 2020

Introduction to Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival 2012Traditionaly, Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is also called Duan Wujie, which is held on the 5th day of the 5th of the Chineselunar month. Chinese Dragon Boat Festival 2020 will be on Thursday, June 25th 2020. It is one of the traditional festival in China, which has more than 2,000 years of history.

The festival commemorates the patriotic poet Qu Yuan (340-278 BC), who lived in Warring States in history of China. As a minister in the State of Chu - one of the seven warring states before Qin (221BC - 206BC) in China's first feudal dynasty - Qu Yuan supported the decision to fight against the powerful State of Qin (one of the seven states during the Warring States Period (476 BC - 221 BC)) together with the State of Qi (ibid).

However he was slandered by the aristocrat Zi Lan and was subsequently exiled by the King. In order to show his love and passion for his country, he wrote many enduring poems such as Li Sao (The Lament), Tian Wen (Asking Questions to the Heaven) and Jiu Ge (Nine Songs) and is therefore regarded as a famous poet in China's history. In 278 BC, after finishing his last masterpiece - Huai Sha (Embracing the Sand), he drowned himself in the river rather than see his country occupied and conquered by the State of Qin.

What to do in Dragon Boat Festival

Many traditional customs and activities are held on the specified day by the Chinese people and even by some people in China's neighbouring countries. Among these customs are dragon boat racing, eating zongzi, wearing a perfume pouch, tying five-colour silk thread and hanging mugwort leaves and calamus.

(1)ACtivity One: Dragon Boat Racing

Dragon Boat Festival 2020 Dragon Boat Racing is the most interesting and exciting activity in the festival. Young men are the major competitors in teh festival.