Jul 22, 2020
The Dragon Boat Festival was originally a festival founded by the ancestors of Wu and Yue in the south to worship the dragon ancestors and pray for blessings and evil spirits. It is said that Qu Yuan, a poet of the Chu State during the Warring States Period, committed suicide by jumping on the Miluo River on May 5th. Later, people also regarded the Dragon Boat Festival as a festival to commemorate Qu Yuan; there are also sayings to commemorate Wu Zixu, Cao E, and Jie Zitui. In general, the Dragon Boat Festival originated from the ancient ancestors choosing "flying dragons in the sky" auspicious days to worship the dragon ancestors, pray for blessings and ward off evil spirits, and inject the summer season "diseases and epidemic prevention" fashion. Central Plains, attached to the memorial content of historical figures such as Qu Yuan.
The Dragon Boat Festival, the Spring Festival, the Ching Ming Festival, and the Mid-Autumn Festival are also known as the four major traditional festivals in China. The Dragon Boat Festival culture has a wide impact in the world, and some countries and regions in the world also have activities to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. In May 2006, the State Council included it in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage lists; since 2008, it has been listed as a national legal holiday. In September 2009, UNESCO officially approved its inclusion in the "List of Representatives of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity", and the Dragon Boat Festival became China's first festival to be selected as a world intangible cultural heritage.
EAST CHINA CIMC wishes you all a happy Dragon Boat Festival and hopes you and your family all the best, safe and healthy!!
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