At blink of eye it reach the season greeting for the Dragon Boat Festival again and for those customer and partner who celebrate the festival, we would like to wish you Happy Dragon Boat Festival 2019.
In case you are not aware for the Dragon Boat Festival, it widely celebrate in Asian countries and some is even declare is public holidays.
The Duanwu Festival, also often known as the Dragon Boat Festival, is a traditional holiday originating in China, occurring near the summer solstice. It is also known as Zhongxiao Festival (Chinese: 忠孝節), commemorating fealty and filial piety. The festival now occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional Chinese calendar, which is the source of the festival’s alternative name, the Double Fifth Festival. The Chinese calendar is lunisolar, so the date of the festival varies from year to year on the Gregorian calendar. In 2017, it occurred on 30 May; in 2018, on 18 June; and, in 2019, on 7 June.
The usual English name for the holiday, “Dragon Boat Festival”, translates from Chinese names for the holiday, 龍船節 (Lóngchuánjié) and 龍舟節 (Lóngzhōujié).
The official Chinese name of the festival is “Duanwu Festival” (simplified Chinese: 端午节; traditional Chinese: 端午節) on the mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Malaysia and Singapore. In Korea, the holiday is called Dano. It is a significant traditional holiday in the Korean Culture. In North Korea it is an official holiday. In Indonesian, the festival is known as “Peh Cun”.
The story best known in modern China holds that the festival commemorates the death of the poet and minister Qu Yuan(c. 340–278 BC) of the ancient state of Chu during the Warring States period of the Zhou Dynasty. A cadet member of the Chu royal house, Qu served in high offices. However, when the king decided to ally with the increasingly powerful state of Qin, Qu was banished for opposing the alliance and even accused of treason. During his exile, Qu Yuan wrote a great deal of poetry. Twenty-eight years later, Qin captured Ying, the Chu capital. In despair, Qu Yuan committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River.
It is said that the local people, who admired him, raced out in their boats to save him, or at least retrieve his body. This is said to have been the origin of dragon boat races. When his body could not be found, they dropped balls of sticky rice into the river so that the fish would eat them instead of Qu Yuan’s body. This is said to be the origin of zongzi.
A statue of Qu Yuan in Jingzhou, at the site of the former Chu capital Ying.