China’s Dragon Boat Festival: Ringing in the Summer Solstice!

The Dragon Boat Festival, which is also popularly known as the Duanwu Festival, is a holiday that originated in China which occurs on or near the Summer Solstice. This annual holiday is celebrated in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and is a very important and popular aspect of Chinese cultural heritage and history. Given China is currently celebrating the festival this week, we thought we’d shed a little more light on the festival and themes that surround it!

800px-Dragon_boats_racing_at_2008_SFIDBF_02Three of the most widely celebrated activities during the festival are those of eating and preparing Zongzi, drinking wine, and of course racing dragon boats! The origins of the holiday come from different Confucian Scholars and historians, however it has caught on and was officially recognized as a national holiday by the Peoples Republic of China in 2008. Given the size and diversity of Chinese Diasporas, the festival is celebrated around the world and retains a popular celebratory following. For more information  about the festival and its origins, you can read more about it at this link.

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