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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 rice wrapped to form a pyramid using bamboo or reed leaves) and racing dragon boats.

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The customs vary a lot in different areas of the country, but most of the families would hang the picture of Zhong Kui (a ghost that can exorcise), calamus and moxa in their houses. People have Dragon Boat Races, eat Zong Zi (dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves) and carry a spice bag around with them.

Zhong Kui

Zhong Kui is the exorcist par excellence. His picture, a fierce-looking male brandishing a magic sword, used to be hung up in Chinese houses in order to scare away evil spirits and demons, especially in the time of Dragon Boat Festival.

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Hanging Calamus and Moxa

On this day, most of the families would also hang calamus and moxa (oriental plants) on the front door. This is also to ward off evil.

Dragon Boat Race

The main event of the festivities is the Dragon Boat Race. These boats are long and thin with dragon heads on the bow of the ships. The boat races are said to represent the search for Qu‘s body, with racing boats in a forward rowing motion, to the rhythm of beating drums.

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Zong Zi

Qu Yuan drowned on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month in 277 BC. Since ancient times, Chinese people threw into the water dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves on the day. Therefore the fish would eat the rice rather than the hero poet. This later on turned into the custom of eating Zong Zi.
Realgar Wine

It is a very popular practice to drink this kind of Chinese liquor seasoned with realgar at the Dragon Boat Festival. This is for protection from evil and disease for the rest of the year.

Spice Bag

It‘s believed that if you carry the small spice bag around with you, it not only drives away evil spirits but also brings fortune and happiness to those who wear it. The small bags are hand-made by local craftsmen. They‘re made with red, yellow, green and blue silk, fine satin or cotton. Figures of animals, flowers and fruits are often embroidered onto the bags and inside are mixed Chinese herbal medicines.

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Post time 2010-6-13 10:21:03 |Display all floors
It is a day in honour of Qu Yuan.

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Post time 2010-6-13 10:35:50 |Display all floors
Originally posted by CNculture at 2010-6-12 21:05
Which aspect of the Dragon Boat Festival that you are most impressed with?   

It is very interesting to me that a great scholar and poet, who promoted independence of CHU, is celebrated to such an extent in today's China.

From some of the responses I have seen on these forums......... I thought such views were "traitorous" attacks on unified China.
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I really like the story and tradition behind the celebration.

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Originally posted by cbcronin at 2010-6-13 10:35

It is very interesting to me that a great scholar and poet, who promoted independence of CHU, is celebrated to such an extent in today's China.

From some of the responses I have seen on these ...


CBC, this is also celebrated in Japan, Korea and Vietnam, and certainly on the tiny Chinese island of Taiwan. The culture of Kingdom Chu is one of the important underlying cultures defining Chinese civilization. It is a unifying power.

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