The Dragon Boat Festival

Celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar year, the Chinese Dragon boat festival along with the Chinese New Year and Mid-summer festival forms one of the three important holidays in China.

Since summertime is considered to be a season of spreading of diseases, the Dragon boat festival was started as an occasion for driving off the evil spirits from one's life.The Chinese Dragon boat festival is one of the major festivals of China and holds an important place in the tradition of China



Legends Associated With Lantern Festival


One of the legends associated with the Lantern festival talks about the Jade Emperor in heaven who got so angry with a town for assassinating his favorite goose that he decided to destroy the town with a storm of fire. We have compiled together the major information regarding the Dragon Boat festival and brought it together on this page.


Legend Associated With The Dragon Boat Festival


The end of the Zhou Dynasty fragmented China into many pieces. The Zhou dynasty was the ruler of China for a very long time, but now many small states tried to raise their heads and tried their hard to carve out small kingdoms for themselves. The Qin state finally appeared as a winner and unified the whole of China into one main state. There was a minister in the Zhou emperor named Qu Yuan. He was a favorite of the common people. He tried his very best to fight against the corruption prevailing in the court and thus earned the envy and fear of the court officials.
Thus the court officials persuaded the emperor to banish Qu Yuan from his services when he advocate the emperor to avoid conflict with the Qin kingdom. While in exile, he traveled, taught and wrote a lot. On hearing that Qin kingdom has defeated the Zhou emperor, Qu Yuan got into despair and fell into the Milou River. The last poem he wrote reads like:

"Many a heavy sigh I have in my despair,
Grieving that I was born in such an unlucky time.
> I yoked a team of jade dragons to a phoenix chariot,
And waited for the wind to come,
> to sour up on my journey"

On hearing the news of the unfortunate death of Qu Yuan, the fishermen got together in large boats, beating drums to scare the fish and throwing Zong Zi into water, so that the fish would not eat Qu Yuan's body.

Celebrations Of The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival


From that day, people of China decided to commemorate the death of Qu Yuan by means of dragon boat races, having Zongi Zi as food and many other activities. The most important part of this festival is the boat races, which take place every year in China , and has the ability to draw crowds of spectators. The length of the boat may vary from 40 to 100 feet and each boat has a head shaped like an open-mouthed dragon and a scaly tail at the end. Each boat has the capacity of holding 80 rowers at one time. At the front of the boat, you can find a drummer and a flag-catcher. There can be a number of boats racing against each other, while the winner is that boat which is able to grab the flag at the end of the course earlier than the other boats.

The Food Associated With The Festival


Zong Zi is the food associated with this festival. It is a rice ball, which has a filling and is wrapped in corn leaves. For the purpose of filling, people prefer egg, beans, sweet potato, walnuts, meat, mushrooms, fruits or a combination of all these things.