Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon Boat Festival, which is on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, is an important Chinese traditional festival and a national legal holiday with a history of 2,500 years. It has numerous alternative names in the Chinese language and has a large influence on all parts of China and the surrounding countries. It was originally a festival in summer sending away God of Plague and driving plagues. Then, it became a festival among ethnic Chinese of commemorating Qu Yuan, a patriotic poet of Chu State in Warring States who drowned himself in water on this day to prove his determination of saving his country and the people. It is one of the three main festivals of ethnic Chinese people and is an important traditional festival along with the New Year and mid-autumn day in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao, Taiwan, Ryukyu Islands, Japan, Korean Peninsula, and Vietnam which are all within the East Asian cultural circle. Different places have different ways and customs of celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival, for example, offering sacrifice to Qu yuan, commemorating Wu Zixu, planting Chinese mugworts, hanging calamus, drinking realgar wine, eating Zongzi (a traditional Chinese rice-pudding), dragon boat racing and getting rid of the five poisonous creatures, which have rich traditional culture connotations. Chinese Dragon Boat Festival was successfully classified in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in September 2009.