- The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. In China, the Dragon Boat Festival is called as Duan Wu Festival in Mandarin. Duan means “beginning” in ancient Chinese. And Wu , which pronunciation is like number 5, in Chinese calendar it means “noon, middle”. So the fifth month is also called “Noon Month” = “Wu Month”. That’s the origin of its name.
- Dragon boat racing is a big celebration event during Dragon Boat Festival, which is related to the story of Qu Yuan (A famous poet in ancient China). It is said that Chu people in Ancient times rowed out to save Qu Yuan after he diving into the river. Now, Dragon Boat Racing becomes one of the fastest growing water sport activity in the world today.
- Dragon Boat Festival, as well as the other Chinese traditional festivals, Qingming Festival, and Mid-Autumn Festival，are recognized and added as the Chinese statutory holidays from 2008. While Dragon Boat Festival has been celebrated over 2000 years in all over the China.
- Besides the tradition of eating rice dumplings in Dragon Boat Festival, people usually hang Ay Tsao （a kind of plant) on their front door in order to against evil spirits and eject those insects. It is mainly due to the hot and wet weather in this period, people are easily to get sick and plague. Then people take more cares for protection and keep the habit until now.