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Dragon Boat Festival – June 2015

By on May 27, 2015 in Holiday Articles with 0 Comments

Natlus URD Manufacturing would like to wish our Asian partners an enjoyable Dragon Boat Festival holiday!

The 2015 Dragon Boat Festival falls on June 20th this year, with the national holiday extend ending from June 20 to  June 22nd.  This holiday should have little to no impact for production schedules.

About the holiday: According to the Chinese Lunar calendar the holiday falls on the 5th day of the 5th month (each time the moon moves into line with the earth and the sun it is the beginning of a new month). The most popular legend is that the holiday is commemorative of is for the patriotic poet Qu Yuan (340-278 BC), although the holiday also acts as a chance for Chinese people to build their immunities up and help ward off disease.

As a minister in the State of Chu – one of the seven warring states before Qin (221BC – 206BC) in China’s first feudal dynasty – Qu Yuan supported the decision to fight against the powerful State of Qin (one of the seven states during the Warring States Period (476 BC – 221 BC)) together with the State of Qi (ibid). However he was slandered by the aristocrat Zi Lan and was subsequently exiled by the King. In order to show his love and passion for his country, he wrote many enduring poems such as Li Sao (The Lament), Tian Wen (Asking Questions to the Heaven) and Jiu Ge (Nine Songs) and is therefore regarded as a famous poet in China’s history. In 278 BC, after finishing his last masterpiece – Huai Sha (Embracing the Sand), he drowned himself in the river rather than see his country occupied and conquered by the State of Qin.

On hearing of Qu Yuan’s death, all the local people nearby were in great distress. Fishermen searched for his body by sailing their boats down the river and other people threw food such as eggs and food like zongzi into the river to attract fish and other animals from destroying Qu Yuan’s body. Later, many people imitated these acts to show their respect for this great patriotic poet and this practice continues today.

Because Qu Yuan died on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, people decided to commemorate him on that day every year. Dragon boat racing and eating zongzi have become the central customs of the festival. For two thousand years, Qu Yuan’s patriotic spirit has influenced numerous people and he remains revered by the people from all over the world. Many traditional customs and activities are held on the specified day by people in China and even by some people in neighbouring countries. Among these customs are dragon boat racing, eating zongzi (pyramid-shaped glutinous rice wrapped in reed or bamboo leaves, filled with different things from meat to sweet bean paste) wearing a perfume pouch (to protect against evil), tying five-colour silk thread (protection against diseases) and hanging mugwort leaves and calamus, which is said to discharge a special aroma that wards off mosquitoes, flies, and purifies the air.

excerpts adopted in part from travel china


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