Dragon Boat Festival, otherwise called Duanwu Festival, is a traditional and significant festival in China.
Dragon Boat Festival 2020 falls on June 25 (Tursday). China will have 3 days of holiday from Thursday (June 25) to Saturday (June 27), and we will be back grinding away on Sunday , June 28.
When is the Dragon Boat Festival?
The Tuen Ng Festival, also called the Duanwu or Dragon Boat Festival, has been commended on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar schedule for millennia.
Traditions of the Dragon Boat Festival
Legend has it that the occasion praises the tragic passing of Chu Yuan, who died in 288 BC. At the hour of Warring States, Chu Yuan was an artist and the pastor of the state.
The King was caught during battling and in respect and recognition of the old King, Chu Yuan composed a poem called “Li Soa.” This enraged the new King, who requested Chu Yuan into oust.
Rather than leaving his dearest nation, Chu Yuan dedicated himself completely to the Mi-Lo River.
The legend broadcasts that the individuals attempted to safeguard their regarded legislators by pursuing him down the river, thumping drums to drive off the fish and tossing dumplings into the waterway with the goal that the fish would not eat his body.
The present festivals represent the vain attempts of the companions and residents who dashed down the river to save Chu Yuan.
How is Dragon Boat Festival celebrated?
The present festivals represent the vain attempts of the companions and residents who hustled down the river to spare the regarded Chu Yuan. There are about six sites in Hong Kong today that take an interest in the dragon boat races.
A dragon boat is an immense war canoe generally produced using teak that has a dragon’s head cut into the bow and a dragon’s tail cut at the stern. The boats can go up to 100 feet long and seat somewhere in the range of 20 to 80 paddlers, shifting in size.
A consecrated custom is held before the race when the eyes are painted on, which is said to “bring the boat to life.” A drummer who sits mid-pontoon and keeps the hour of the oar strokes on a tremendous drum goes with all boats.
The dragon boat races are daylong occasions. A wide range of associations from around the world, for example, police, fire fighter, army, embassies, and even nearby writers associations, travel to Hong Kong and enter groups for the races.
A shot sets the boats off and the pounding drums and cymbals from the jam-packed shores fill the harbors with clamor.
The races keep going throughout the day; on the shores of Hong Kong individuals celebrate with exuberant routine, establishing in their group.
It is accepted that the Dragon Boat Festivals repulse abhorrent and acquire karma the late spring months.
About seven days after the celebrations in Hong Kong, extraordinary International Dragon Boat Races are held all over Asia and the United States.
In the U.S., they can be found in Boston, New York, and Colorado. Right now, there are 68 nations which are individuals from the International Dragon Boat Federation, demonstrating the ubiquity of the race.
In 2009, this celebration was recorded on UNESCO’s rundown speaking to the elusive social legacy of humankind.
Where to See Dragon Boat Racing
Dragon boat racing has become a significant competitive game. Numerous spots in China hold dragon boat races during the celebration.
Here we suggest the four most ceremonious spots.
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival : Victoria Harbor, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Yueyang International Dragon Boat Festival : Yueyang Prefecture, Hunan Province
Guizhou Dragon Canoe Festival of the Miao Ethnic People : Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province
Hangzhou Dragon Boat Festival : Xixi National Wetland Park, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province