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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
  • Fri
  • Jun 07, 2019

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of China in 2019

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 01, 2019Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonFeb 04, 2019Feb 04Spring Festival Eve
TuesdayTueFeb 05, 2019Feb 05Chinese New Year
WednesdayWedFeb 06, 2019Feb 06Spring Festival Holiday
ThursdayThuFeb 07, 2019Feb 07Spring Festival Holiday
FridayFriFeb 08, 2019Feb 08Spring Festival Holiday
SaturdaySatFeb 09, 2019Feb 09Spring Festival Holiday
SundaySunFeb 10, 2019Feb 10Spring Festival Holiday
FridayFriMar 08, 2019Mar 08Intl. Women's Day
TuesdayTueMar 12, 2019Mar 12Arbor Day
FridayFriApr 05, 2019Apr 05Qingming Festival
WednesdayWedMay 01, 2019May 01Labor Day
SaturdaySatMay 04, 2019May 04National Youth Day
SaturdaySatJun 01, 2019Jun 01Intl. Children's Day
FridayFriJun 07, 2019Jun 07Dragon Boat Festival
MondayMonJul 01, 2019Jul 01CPC Foundation Day
ThursdayThuAug 01, 2019Aug 01Liberation Army Day
FridayFriSep 13, 2019Sep 13Mid-Autumn Festival
TuesdayTueOct 01, 2019Oct 01National Day
WednesdayWedOct 02, 2019Oct 02National Day Holiday
ThursdayThuOct 03, 2019Oct 03National Day Holiday
WednesdayWedDec 25, 2019Dec 25Christmas Day