the dragon boat festival, also called the duanwu festival, is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month according to the chinese calendar. this festival is to commemorate the death of qu yuan, an upright and honest poet and statesman who is said to have committed suicide by drowning himself in a river.

  the most important activity of this festival is the dragon boat races. it symbolizes people‘s attempts to rescue qu yuan. in the current period, these races also demonstrate the virtues of cooperation and teamwork.

  besides, the festival has also been marked by eating zong zi (glutinous rice)。 zong zi is made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves. people who mourned the death of qu threw zong zi into the river to feed his ghost every year.

  with the changes of the times, the memorial turns to be a time for protection from evil and disease for the rest of year. people will hang healthy herbs on the front door to clear the bad luck of the house. although the significance of the festival might be different with the past, it still gives the observer an opportunity to glimpse a part of the rich chinese cultural heritage.







    fifth lunar month, is a traditional chinese folk festival, the dragon boat festival, also called "duanyang","the dragon boat festival","day"of the day,"big day","moreline festival","sections". it is one of the han nationality traditional festival of the chinese nation. dragon boat festival is also called terminal five, duanyang. in addition, the dragon boat festival and many nickname, such as: the midday, weighs five, may festival, bath festival, dolls, days of the holiday, to wax, poets section, dragon day, ai, terminal five, summer, and so on. although the name is different, but in general, around the custom of the people's holiday or the same than different. today, dragon boat festival is still a very popular among the chinese people's grand festival.

    the dragon boat festival, is chinese two thousand years of tradition, because the region vast, many nationalities, part of the lmongol, hui, tibetan, miao, yi, zhuang,, north korea, dong, yao, bai, tujia, hani, she, lexical, water, naxi, daur, jmulao, qiang, gelao, xibo, meters, the ewenki nationality, the abundant solid, such as oroqen ethnic minority also in this section, with many stories, so not only produced many different section name, and also have different customs. its content mainly has: the daughter back, hanging doors, like to meet a ghost ship, noon, afternoon ye fu, hanging calamus and wornwood, swam out, her sweet bursa, for he feels ashamed, dragon boat racing, duration, the shots, swing, for children with realgar, drinking realgar wine, sweet wine, bread eaten ruling, salted egg, zongzi and seasonal fruit, etc., in addition to the superstition color activities gradually disappeared, the rest has spread all over china and neighboring countries. some activities, such as dragon boat racing, has been a new development, broke through the time and geographical boundaries, become an international sporting event.








    the dragon boat festival,also called the duanwu festival,is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month according to the chinese calendar.for thousands of years,the festival has been marked by eating zong zi(glutinous ricewrapped to form a pyramid using bamboo or reed leaves)and racing dragon boats.the festival is best known for its dragon-boat races,especially in the southern provinces where there are many rivers and lakes.thisregattacommemorates the death of qu yuan,an honest minister who is said to have committed suicide by drowning himself in a river.the dragon-boat races symbolize the many attempts to rescue and recover qu's body.a typical dragon boat ranges from 50-100 feet in length,with a beam of about 5.5 feet,accommodating two paddlers seated side by side.