How much do you know about these Dragon Boat Festival customs?

03 Jun.,2022

The fifth day of the fifth lunar month is the traditional festival of our country - the Dragon Boat Festival, which is an ancient traditional festival of the Chinese nation. Noon is also known as Duanwu and Duanyang.

 

The fifth day of the fifth lunar month is the traditional festival of our country - the Dragon Boat Festival, which is an ancient traditional festival of the Chinese nation. Noon is also known as Duanwu and Duanyang. In addition, there are many other names for the Dragon Boat Festival, such as: Noon Day, Chongwu, May Day and so on. Although the names are different, in general, the customs of people from all over the world are more similar than different.

The customs of the Dragon Boat Festival mainly include: dragon boat racing, eating zongzi, wearing sachets, inserting calamus, drinking realgar wine, etc.

 

How much do you know about these Dragon Boat Festival customs?

How much do you know about these Dragon Boat Festival customs?

 

Dragon boat racing is also one of the important activities of the Dragon Boat Festival. In Miluo City, Hunan Province, before racing the dragon boat, one must first go to the temple of Quzi Temple, worship the goddess in the poem, put a red cloth on the dragon's head, and then place the dragon's head on the boat. The race is not only to worship the Dragon God, but also to commemorate Qu Yuan.

In Zigui, Qu Yuan's hometown, there are also small objects such as sachets and sachets to worship the Dragon Boat Festival, which has a long history. The sachets are made of five-color silk threads or sewn with rags.

 

How much do you know about these Dragon Boat Festival customs?

How much do you know about these Dragon Boat Festival customs?

 

 

During the Dragon Boat Festival, of course, Zongzi is the protagonist. Eating zongzi on the Dragon Boat Festival is another traditional Chinese custom. Zongzi is the traditional food with the most profound cultural accumulation in Chinese history so far.

Until today, on this day, almost every household soaks glutinous rice, washes zongzi leaves, and wraps zongzi. From the point of view of fillings, in the north, the jujube brown of jujube is mostly used; in the south, there are various fillings such as bean paste, fresh meat, eight treasures, ham, egg yolk and so on. The custom of eating zongzi has been popular in China for thousands of years, and has spread to Korea, Japan and Southeast Asian countries.

 

How much do you know about these Dragon Boat Festival customs?

How much do you know about these Dragon Boat Festival customs?

 

Children wear sachets on the afternoon festival, which is said to have the meaning of warding off evil spirits and expelling plagues. The sachet is usually filled with some fragrant Chinese herbal medicines, which have the functions of fragrance, deworming, pest avoidance and disease prevention. On this day, children are tied with four-color threads on their arms and wear sachets, which are small and exquisite.

 

How much do you know about these Dragon Boat Festival customs?

How much do you know about these Dragon Boat Festival customs?

 

Hanging calamus is a Chinese folk festival custom. On the Dragon Boat Festival, the leaves of mugwort are hung in the hall. Tiger-shaped paper-cut, pasted with mugwort leaves, women compete to wear it, to exorcise evil spirits. Using calamus as a sword and inserting it on the door, it has the magical effect of exorcising cowardly ghosts.

Calamus is a perennial aquatic herb, and its long and narrow leaves also contain volatile aromatic oil, which is a drug for refreshing the mind, strengthening the bones and eliminating stagnation, and killing insects and sterilization.

 

How much do you know about these Dragon Boat Festival customs?

How much do you know about these Dragon Boat Festival customs?

 

Realgar wine has the effect of sterilization, deworming and detoxification, and it is also used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat skin diseases. Drinking realgar wine on the Dragon Boat Festival has been around since ancient times. In ancient times, five was an unlucky number. May was regarded as a poisonous month, and the fifth day was an evil day. Every year on the fifth day of the fifth month, five poisons appeared and plagues occurred frequently. Realgar has the effect of detoxification. In order to prevent epidemics, the ancients would drink realgar wine every year on the Dragon Boat Festival, and it is said that after drinking realgar wine on the Dragon Boat Festival, poisonous insects dare not approach for a whole year.

However, realgar wine has certain toxic and side effects, so it is recommended to drink a small amount. The main components of realgar wine are realgar and rice wine. The main component of realgar is arsenic sulfide, which is highly toxic. Therefore, realgar itself has certain toxicity, and improper drinking can easily cause bodily harm.