Dragon Boat Festival 2019 falls on June 7 (Friday). China will have 3 days of holiday from Friday (June 7) to Sunday (June 9), and we will be back at work on Monday , June 10.
2、Date: month 5 day 5 of the Chinese lunar calendar
3、History: over 2,000 years
4、Celebrations: dragon boat racing, health-related customs, honoring Qu Yuan and others
5、Popular festival food: sticky rice dumplings (zongzi)
The origin of Dragon Boat Festival is said to be from the Warring States Period when the patriotic poet, Qu Yuan, drowned himself in the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.
Local people raced their boats to search for his body and dropped lumps of rice into the river so the fish would not feast on Qu Yuan's body.
In order to commemorate Qu Yuan, this practice continues today.