Dragon Boat Festival of 2019 falls on June 7. The holiday in China starts from June 7 to 9, 2019. We make Zongzi and Sachet at this Tuesday. I would like to talk about customs.
The Dragon Boat Festival also called the Duanwu Festival or 端午节(duānwǔjié), is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month according to the Chinese calendar.
The Dragon Boat Festival has been held annually for more than 2,000. The festival commemorates the death of the poet and minister Qu Yuan (340–278 BC) of the ancient state of the Chu, which is in Hunan and Hubei provinces. Qu Yuan was disgraced, dismissed from office, and eventually exiled when a dishonest and corrupt prince vilified him. And when he heard that the Chu State was defeated by the strong Qin State, he has so despaired that he ended his life by flinging himself into the Miluo River.
It is said that the local people, who admired him, raced out in their boats to save him or at least retrieve his body. When his body could not be found, they dropped rice dumplings into the river so that the fish would eat them instead of Qu Yuan’s body. That’s the origin of doing dragon boat races,赛龙舟(sàilóngzhōu), and eating rice dumplings, 吃粽子(chīzòngzi).