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Dragon Boat Festival

Fifth lunar month for the annual Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Duanwu Festival, afternoon Day Festival, May Day and so on. "Dragon Boat Festival" is one of China's national holidays, and has been included in the World Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Dragon Boat Festival originated in China and it was a festival that the Chinese people initially remove epidemic illnesses. In Spring and Autumn Period, there was the custom have custom of tribal totem worship in the form of dragon boat race in the fifth lunar month. Due to the poet Qu Yuan died on this day, it became Han Chinese people's traditional festival to commemorate Qu Yuan.

Dragon Boat Festival has the custom to eat Zongzi, drink realgar wine, and hang calamus, wormwood and moxa leaves, smoke herb and Angelica, race dragon boat.

The History of Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon Boat Festival originated numerous claims, which commemorate Qu Yuan has the most widely impact. According to the "Historical Records", "Qu Yuan Jia Sheng Biography" records, Qu Yuan, a minister of the King Huai of Chu of the Spring and Autumn Period. He advocated the virtuous and grant, make the country rich and its military force efficient, Unite Qi kingdom against Qin Kingdom, was strongly opposed by the nobility and others. Qu Yuan was greedy resigned, were expelled from the capital, exiled to Yuan, Xiang River. His exile, wrote a concern for the fate of the "Lament", "Heaven", "Nine Songs" and other immortal poem. His poem has unique style, far-reaching impacts (and thus, the Dragon Boat Festival, also known as a poet festival). In 278 BC, Qin defeated Chu Kyoto. Qu Yuan saw their country was invaded, felt as if a knife were piercing his heart, but still could not bear to abandon their homeland. On May 5, after writing the must document as "Huaisha", he bouldering into Miluo River and died. He used his own lives to compose a magnificent patriotic movement.

After Qu Yuan's death, Chu abnormal grief people have flocked to pay tribute to Qu Yuan by Miluo River. Fishermen paddle a boat in the river to salvage his true identity. One fisherman prepared rice, eggs and other food, "thump, thump" thrown into the river, hoping to allow the fish, crab and lobster, it will not bite Qu Yuan's body. People saw and later followed. An old doctor brought a jar of wine and poured into the river that was used to fainted dragon beast, to avoid hurting Qu Yuan. Later, for fear that the food might be eaten by the dragon, people come up with the idea of wrapped the rice balls with neem leaves, color silk wrapped around the outside, to develop into zongzi.

Later, in the fifth day of May each year, there is the customs of dragon boat races and eat zongzi, drinking realgar wine; in order to commemorate the patriotic poet Qu Yuan.

Folk customs
To celebrate Dragon Boat Festival is the traditions and customs of Chinese people for two thousand years. As a vast, numerous nationalities, with many stories and legends, so not only produced many disparate section name, but also has not the same customs throughout the nation.

Wear Damselflies
Damselflies were the hair accessories for women in Dragon Boat Festival in ancient times. The custom are mainly spread in the south of Yangtze River region. Damselflies were originated from step shake gold.

Hanging Moxa Leaf Tiger
Moxa Leaf Tiger is not only used to drive out evil spirits, but also used as ornaments. In ancient China, tiger was seen as the mythical creatures, so it can be used to drive the evil spirits and bless peace. So people take on more Moxa Leaf Tiger, particularly those in the Dragon Boat Festival is the most characteristic Moxa Leaf Tiger.

Draw the Forehead
The custom of draw realgar wine on children’s forehead which can expel poisonous insects. The typical way is to draw a “king” word on children’s forehead. On one hand, it means to abolish poison; on the other hand, use the symbolic meaning of tiger to drive out evil spirits.

Dragon boat racing
When dive dragon boat, there are many songs singing to add to fun. Such as Hubei Zigui dragon boat race, it has a complete singing melody art, lyrics blend together according to the local folk and chant, sing magnificent sound forceful.

Special Diet
Zongzi called as “angle millet” in ancient times. According to legend, it was a custom to commerate Qu Yuan. Real Zongzi written records found" endemic in mind” in Jin and Zhou Dynasties. Today Zongzi in different areas, usually made with bamboo rice shell package, but color and containing inside are based on the specialty and custom, notably longan Zongzi, meat, crystal Zongzi, lotus seed paste Zongzi, candied fruit Zongzi, chestnut Zongzi, spicy Zongzi, sauerkraut Zongzi, ham Zongzi, salted egg Zongzi and so on.

Realgar Wine
The custom of drinking Realgar wine on the Dragon Boat Festival which is extremely popular in the Yangtze River region in the past. The drinking realgar wine is generally add realgar into liquor or just adding trace brewed rice wine.

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