The date of the Duanwu (端午) or Dragon Boat festival changes from year to year based on the Chinese lunar calendar. But it always takes place on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month. In 2019, that is Friday, June 7th. The festival continues through the weekend.
There is a debate about the reason for the festival. There is no debate about the belief that the 5th day of the 5th lunar month is unlucky. It is most widely believed that the festival occurs to honor the life of Chinese poet and minister Qu Yuan (c. 340–278 BC). Qu Yuan died by self-inflicted drowning. It is said that his admirers raced in boats to attempt to save his life. (Source: Smithsonian Magazine).
Today two activities pervade the celebration. The more popular one is the dragon boat races. Participants plan and practice for months. The races which occur all over China and around the world (on a smaller scale) are a collage of color and athletic effort. The other staple of the Dragon Boat Festival is the eating of Zongzi (粽子). These sticky rice ball wrapped in bamboo leaves feed participants and spectators alike. We found a great recipe HERE.
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