Events  Dragon Boat Festival
02/06/201400:00 TV5MONDE

The Duanwu Festival or the “Dragon Boat Festival” is a traditional statutory holiday originating from China.
The festival occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month on the traditional Chinese Lunar calendar.

It’s hard to imagine that the vibrancy and fun of this day’s colourful festivities has its origins in a tragedy that occurred 2,000 years ago. The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Duanwu Festival, commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, famously known as the Chinese national hero.
In a protest against corrupt rulers, Qu drowned himself in the Mi Lo River.  To scare away fish from eating his body, the townspeople beat drums and threw glutinous rice dumplings called zongzi into the water.

Today, this event is not only remembered by the Chinese people around the world, while eating zongzi and dipping their hands in rivers or lakes; but through the dragon boat races.
The highlight of the festival today is the fierce-looking dragon boats racing with heavy beats of the drums. Boats can measure over 10 meters, carrying a crew of 22 paddlers. 

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