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DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL CHINA

When is Dragon Boat Festival China in 2021?

Dragon Boat Festival China in 2021 is on the Monday, 14th of Jun (6/14/2021).

Dragon Boat Festival China is on the 165th day of 2021. There are 200 days left in the year.

Dragon Boat Festival China Facts

  • Date: Jun 14, 2021
  • National
  • Also Called: Duanwu Festival, Double Fifth, Tuen Ng Festival
  • Celebrations: Eating Zongzi, Dragon boat racing
Dragon Boat Festival China iImage Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon

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
  • Fri
  • Jun 07, 2019
  • Thu
  • Jun 25, 2020
  • Mon
  • Jun 14, 2021

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of China in 2021

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
FridayFriJan 01, 2021Jan 01New Year's Day
WednesdayWedJan 13, 2021Jan 13Spring Festival Holiday
ThursdayThuFeb 11, 2021Feb 11Spring Festival Eve
FridayFriFeb 12, 2021Feb 12Chinese New Year
SundaySunFeb 14, 2021Feb 14Spring Festival Holiday
MondayMonFeb 15, 2021Feb 15Spring Festival Holiday
TuesdayTueFeb 16, 2021Feb 16Spring Festival Holiday
WednesdayWedFeb 17, 2021Feb 17Spring Festival Holiday
MondayMonMar 08, 2021Mar 08Intl. Women's Day
FridayFriMar 12, 2021Mar 12Arbor Day
MondayMonApr 05, 2021Apr 05Qingming Festival
SaturdaySatMay 01, 2021May 01Labor Day
TuesdayTueMay 04, 2021May 04National Youth Day
TuesdayTueJun 01, 2021Jun 01Intl. Children's Day
MondayMonJun 14, 2021Jun 14Dragon Boat Festival
ThursdayThuJul 01, 2021Jul 01CPC Foundation Day
SundaySunAug 01, 2021Aug 01Liberation Army Day
TuesdayTueSep 21, 2021Sep 21Mid-Autumn Festival
FridayFriOct 01, 2021Oct 01National Day
SaturdaySatOct 02, 2021Oct 02National Day Holiday
SundaySunOct 03, 2021Oct 03National Day Holiday
SaturdaySatDec 25, 2021Dec 25Christmas Day