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Dragon Boat Festival 2019

Dragon Boat Festival is one of the major festivals in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and elsewhere around the world. Duanwu is the name widely used in Mainland China.  The fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar is the date to celebrate.

 

Legend

The Dragon Boat Festival originated from honouring QU Yuan; an author and a patriot. QU Yuan was a minister of the Chu Dynasty (BC115-BC223).  When his country was defeated by Qin he drowned himself in Miluo River in 278 BC.

 

Traditions 
Dragon boat racing
Hanging Chinese mugwort and calamus, aiming to keep evil spirits out of the home. The smell of these plants can also keep mosquitoes and other insects away.
Wearing perfume pouches. Pouches are always filled with herb or perfume, and they are related to expel evil spirits away.
Food
Zongzi. Zong zi are mainly made using sticky rice wrapped in bamboo leaves. People add different ingredients, like salted duck egg yolk, red bean, red dates, etc.
In some areas, people drink realgar wine on the day, this alcoholic beverage is supposed to drive away evil spirits and repel disease.
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