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DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL CHINA

When is Dragon Boat Festival China in 2019?

Dragon Boat Festival China in 2019 is on the Friday, 7th of Jun (6/07/2019).

Dragon Boat Festival China is on the 158th day of 2019. There are 207 days left in the year.

Dragon Boat Festival China Facts

  • Date: Jun 07, 2019
  • National
  • Also Called: Duanwu Festival, Double Fifth, Tuen Ng Festival
  • Celebrations: Eating Zongzi, Dragon boat racing
Dragon Boat Festival China

The Dragon Boat Festival, locally known as the Duanwu Festival, is a legal and traditional festival which has its roots originating in ancient China. This festival is popular among the surrounding East Asian and South Asian countries including Hong Kong, Mandarin, Macau, and Singapore. Although an equivalent version of the same celebration has been celebrated for years in countries like Taiwan and Malaysia, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam under different names, mainland China recognized the Dragon Boat Festival for the first time in 2008.

The Dragon Boat Festival takes place on the fifth day of the fifth month according to the Chinese lunar calendar and so it is also called the Double Fifth. Because the lunar calendar shifts in comparison to the regular Gregorian calendar, it is celebrated on different dates every year.

The yearly Dragon Boat Festival is dedicated to the poet of the era of Warring States, Qu Yuan's suicide. It is also called the Poet Day for this reason. Legend has it that in ancient China the king of the ancient state of Chu, descendant of Zhou Dynasty, made allies with the powerful state of Qin. The great poet was accused of treason and banished from China for opposing the ally. During the time of his exile, he wrote several great pieces of poetry for which he will always be remembered. 28 years after this event, Ying, the capital of Chu, was taken over by Qin. In disgust, the poet committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth month. The fishermen around tried to save the poet from the fish in the river by rushing into the water with their boats, beating their drums loudly and throwing objects and food at the hungry fish. This led to the birth of Dragon Boat Festival.

The three most common activities of the Dragon Boat Festival include eating and preparing "zongzi", a traditional Chinese food made from a sticky sweet rice stuffed with various types of fillings then wrapped in bamboo leaves or other types of grassy leaves, drinking wine, and having boat races. It is also a common tradition to take long walks carrying perfumed bags of medicine, hanging up icons of ZhongKui, a guardian figure, and playing a game of making an egg stand at noon on the day of Dragon Boat Festival. It is believed that if you can make an egg stand exactly at 12:00 noon, it will bring you good luck all year round. All of these activities is seen as an effective way to prevent diseases by the ancients in China. It is also believed to fight evil and bring good health and well being. Although it was once a tradition to throw "zongzi" in the river on the Dragon Boat Festival people no longer do this. They still eat "zongzi" as tradition and as a testimony to Qu Yuan's self-esteem and will-power.

Dragon Boat Festival China Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Mon
  • Jun 06, 2011
  • Sat
  • Jun 23, 2012
  • Wed
  • Jun 12, 2013
  • Mon
  • Jun 02, 2014
  • Sat
  • Jun 20, 2015
  • Thu
  • Jun 09, 2016
  • Tue
  • May 30, 2017
  • Mon
  • Jun 18, 2018

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of China in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
MondayMonJan 01, 2018Jan 01New Year's Day
TuesdayTueJan 02, 2018Jan 02New Year's Day Holiday
ThursdayThuFeb 15, 2018Feb 15Spring Festival Starts
FridayFriFeb 16, 2018Feb 16Chinese New Year
SaturdaySatFeb 17, 2018Feb 17Spring Festival Ends
ThursdayThuMar 08, 2018Mar 08Intl. Women's Day
MondayMonMar 12, 2018Mar 12Arbor Day
ThursdayThuApr 05, 2018Apr 05Qingming Festival
TuesdayTueMay 01, 2018May 01Labor Day
FridayFriMay 04, 2018May 04National Youth Day
FridayFriJun 01, 2018Jun 01Intl. Children's Day
MondayMonJun 18, 2018Jun 18Dragon Boat Festival
SundaySunJul 01, 2018Jul 01CPC Foundation Day
WednesdayWedAug 01, 2018Aug 01Liberation Army Day
MondayMonSep 24, 2018Sep 24Mid-Autumn Festival
MondayMonOct 01, 2018Oct 01National Day
TuesdayTueOct 02, 2018Oct 02National Day Holiday
MondayMonOct 08, 2018Oct 08National Day Holiday Ends
TuesdayTueDec 25, 2018Dec 25Christmas Day