Dragon Boat Festival
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DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

The Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional holiday which occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional Chinese calendar. The fifth lunar month is considered an unlucky month.

People believed that natural disasters and illnesses are common in the fifth month. In order to get rid of the misfortune, people would put calamus, Artemisia, pomegranate flowers, Chinese ixora and garlic above the doors on the fifth day of the fifth month.[citation needed] Since the shape of calamus forms like a sword and with the strong smell of the garlic, it is believed that they can remove the evil spirits.
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The Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional holiday which occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional Chinese calendar. The fifth lunar month is considered an unlucky month. 

People believed that natural disasters and illnesses are common in the fifth month. In order to get rid of the misfortune, people would put calamus, Artemisia, pomegranate flowers, Chinese ixora and garlic above the doors on the fifth day of the fifth month.[citation needed] Since the shape of calamus forms like a sword and with the strong smell of the garlic, it is believed that they can remove the evil spirits.
The Duanwu Festival – also known as the Dragon Boat Festival or Tuen Ng – is a holiday that is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional Chinese Lunar calendar. Since it is based on a lunar calendar, the date of its celebration varies from year to year on the Gregorian calendar but is usually within the first few weeks of June. This holiday is best known for the big Dragon Boats which are raced on this day, but the true purpose of it is to commemorate the life of Chinese scholar Chu Yuan – more commonly known as Qu Yuan.

The main staple of the Duanwu Festival are the Dragon Boat races. It is also common for people to eat
Zongzi – rice dumplings that are stuffed glutinous rice and is wrapped in bamboo. It is also common to drink a wine called Xionghuangjiu.

Other customs that are performed on this day include wearing medicine bags and hanging mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) to ward off evil and disease. It is also believed that if you can balance an egg on its end at high noon on this day, then you will have luck throughout the year.
Dragon Boat Festival, also called Duanwu Festival, is one of the four grandest traditional festivals in China, falling on 5th day of the 5th month in Chinese lunar calendar. The other three are Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival and Qingming Festival. 

 

Time for Dragon Boat Race
People enjoy a 3-day holiday for celebrations, among which the dragon boat race is the most popular. The iconic festival food is Zongzi (sticky rice dumplings).

 
A Day to Commemorate Qu Yuan & Ward Off Bad Things
It has been observed for over 2,000 years in China, to commemorate Qu Yuan (340-278 BC), an ancient Chinese patriotic poet. It is also a day to ward off evil spirits, diseases, pests and other poisonous animals by hanging calamus and wormwood, wearing perfume pouches, drinking realgar wine, and bathing in herbal water, etc.