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What is The Dragon Boat Festival


The Dragon Boat Festival, also called Duanwu Jie, 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 honest and admirable poet and statesman. It is said that he drowned himself by jumping into the river.

The most important activity of this festival is the Dragon Boat race. 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. Zong zi is made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves. In the beginning, people threw zongzi into the river, in order to let the fish eat zongzi to protect Qu Yuan's body, this tradition continues to now. 

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 pepole an opportunity to glimpse a part of the rich Chinese cultural heritage.