Dragon Boat Festival of 2016 falls on June 9. The holiday in China starts from June 9 to 11, 2016. Welcome to China and explore the traditional folk customs of this interesting festival! Its schedule in recent years is offered in the following table.
Falling on the 5th day of the 5th month according to Chinese lunar calendar, the Dragon Boat Festival is one of great significance. It has been held annually for more than 2,000 years and is notable for its educational influence. The Chinese festival commemorates the patriotic poet Qu Yuan (340-278 BC), and also acts as a chance for Chinese people to build their bodies and dispel diseases. Many legends circulate around the festival but the most popular is the legend of Qu Yuan.
The festival is held during summer when all kinds of diseases can prevail, so people clean their houses and put mugwort leaves and calamus on the top of the doors to discourage disease. It is said that the stem and the leaves of these plants discharge a special aroma which can dispel the mosquitoes, flies and purify the air, so this custom is an understandably popular one.
Dragon boats are thus named because the fore and stern of the boat is in a shape of traditional Chinese dragon. A team of people works the oars in a bid to reach the destination before the other teams. One team member sits at the front of the boat beating a drum in order to maintain morale and ensure that the rowers keep in time with one another.
Wearing a Perfume Pouch and Tying Five-colour Silk Thread According to folklore, wearing the perfume pouch protects children from evil. So on this day, children decorate their clothes with diversely fragranced pouches. It is a kind of small pouch made of the colourful silk cloth stringed with five-color silk thread.
Realgar wine is a Chinese alcoholic drink made from fermented cereals and powdered realgar. In ancient times, realgar was considered to be an antidote for all poisons and people used to believe that drinking it drives diseases and evils away.