Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Dragon Boat Festival, chongwu festival, Dragon Boat Festival, dragon day festival, zhengyang festival, bath orchid festival, day festival and so on, is a traditional Chinese folk festival. Eating zongzi on Dragon Boat Festival is probably the most important reason why people like Dragon Boat Festival now. Zongzi is also known as “jiaoshu”, “tube zongzi”, different regions have different names, the style is also strange, but eating zongzi time for thousands of years has been the annual lunar calendar on the fifth day of the fifth month. Folk legends eat zongzi is to commemorate qu yuan, but in fact as early as in the spring and autumn period before there are about zongzi records, with gu leaves (water bamboo leaves) package shu rice into horn shape, said “jiaoshu”; With bamboo tube packing rice sealed baked, said “tube zongzi”. The end of the eastern han dynasty, to grass ash water immersion shu meters, because the water contains alkali, with gu shu rice leaves package into a four-cornered shape, cooked, become guangdong alkaline water zongzi.
Dragon boat racing is popular to say that the boat dressed up as Jackie chan, and then a number of collective rowing water sports events. As for the origin of dragon boats is probably not from commemorating qu yuan, as early as in the warring states period. In the rush of the drums carved Jackie chan shaped canoe, do race crossing game, to amuse god and happy people, is a sacrificial ceremony in the semi-religious, semi-entertainment program, slowly time to the dragon boat race to give a different meaning. Nowadays, dragon boat racing is gradually accepted by the public. In 1980, dragon boat racing was included in China’s national sports competition, and in 2010, it became one of the sports events in guangzhou Asian games.
On the day of Dragon Boat Festival, people would hang mugwort or calamus in front of the courtyard and under the eaves of the houses. Mosquitoes are afraid of the smell and can repel mosquitoes. Because the calamus leaf is shaped like a sword, which ancient people called “water sword” and said it could “kill thousands of evils”. People would carve calamus into the shapes of “little people” and “little gourds” and hang them on children’s necks for good luck. It will also be hung on the lintel to exorcise demons and dispel ghosts.
Lockey wishes everyone a happy Dragon Boat Festival!