Dragon Boat Festival 2017
Duanwu or Tuen Ng Festival is the traditional name for Dragon Boat Festival originated in South China which commemorates the death of the poet and minister Qu Yuan.
The Dragon Boat Festival always occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional Chinese calendar.The Chinese calendar is lunisolar, so the date of the festival varies from year to year on the Gregorian calendar. In 2016, it occurred on June 9; and in 2017, on May 30.
The Dragon Boat Festival is a cultural festival in China and marked as a public holiday in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau
The Celebration of this festival is conducted by different methods by various Chinese but there are ‘Three Activities’ which is performed by each Chinese. They are:
1 Eating and Preparing zongzi(sticky rice dumplings)
2 Drinking realgar wine
3 Racing Dragon Boats
‘Fetching noon water’ is another custom which is practiced in Taiwan with the belief that water drawn from well in the afternoon of this Dragon festival will be able to cure all the illnesses of any type.