The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is a major
festival for the Chinese people who form the majority of the world
population. And yet, the "Duan Wu", or Dragon Boat Festival, is an occasion
not quite as well known as many Western festivals such as Christmas and
Thanksgiving. To acquaint you better with this wonderful festival,
TheHolidaySpot brings you a handful of interesting facts about "Duan Wu".
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interesting facts about Dragon Boat Festival, one of the major
The Dragon Boat Festival officially falls on the fifth day of the
fifth month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar.
The Dragon Boat Festival is also known as "Double Fifth Day".
In China, the Dragon Boat Festival is popularly known as the "Duanwu"
Festival (in Mandarin Chinese pronunciation) or Tuen Ng Festival (in
Cantonese Chinese pronunciation) is a Chinese traditional and
"Duan Wu" was celebrated in mainland China as a public holiday for
the first time in 2008.
In mainland China and Taiwan, the Dragon Boat Festival is a public
holiday and known as the "Duanwu Jie".
Dragon boat racing was listed into the Chinese state sports
competition programs for the first time in
The Chinese government made "Duan Wu" a national holiday in the
People's Republic of China in the year 2007.
The International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) organizes dragon
boat races and sets standards and regulations for the sport.
As per the Georgian calendar, the "Double Fifth Day" (5th day of the
5th Chinese lunar month) falls on June 27 in 2009, June 16 in 2010
and June 6 in 2011.
In the early years of the formation of the Republic of China, Duan
Wu was also celebrated as "Poets' Day," owing to the fact that the
festival is commonly believed to be a commemoration of the death of
Qu Yuan, supposed to be the first poet of China.
Dragon boat races are typically 500 meters, but occasionally there
are 250m, 1000m, 2000m and marathon races.
Dragon boat racing is said to have originated in Southern China over
2000 years ago.
Dragon boat racing is practiced in over 50 countries and territories
around the world.