The origin of the Dragon Boat Festival

    Date: 2020-06-24

    The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Duanyang Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Chongwu Festival, Dragon Festival, Zhengyang Festival, Tianzhong Festival, etc. The festival takes place on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month and is a traditional Chinese folk festival. The Dragon Boat Festival originated from the celestial worship, and evolved from the dragon sacrifice in ancient times. During the midsummer Dragon Boat Festival, Canglong Qisu flew to Zhengnan Zhongtian, which is the day of Longfeitian, as the fifth line of "Book of Changes and Qian Gua" said: "Flying dragon is in the sky". On Dragon Boat Day, Dragon Star is both "attained" and "attained". The origin of the Dragon Boat Festival covers ancient astrological culture, humanistic philosophy and other aspects, and contains profound and rich cultural connotations; in the process of inheritance and development, it mixes a variety of folk customs into one, and the festival content is rich. The Dragon Boat Festival and the Rice Dumpling are the two major customs of the Dragon Boat Festival. These two customs have been inherited in China since ancient times, and they have not stopped until now.

    The Dragon Boat Festival was originally a festival created by the ancestors of Wuyue in the south to worship the Dragon Ancestor. According to legend, Chu Yuan poet Qu Yuan jumped to the Luo River on May 5 and committed suicide. Later, people also regarded the Dragon Boat Festival as a festival to commemorate Qu Yuan. In general, the Dragon Boat Festival originated from the ancient ancestors who chose the "Dragon Ascension" Jiri to worship the dragon ancestor. And other commemorative content of historical figures. The formation of the Dragon Boat Festival customs can be said to be the product of the integration of North and South customs.

    The Dragon Boat Festival, Spring Festival, Ching Ming Festival, and Mid-Autumn Festival are also known as the four traditional Chinese festivals. The Dragon Boat Festival culture has a wide influence in the world, and some countries and regions in the world also celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. In May 2006, the State Council included it in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage; since 2008, it has been listed as a national holiday. In September 2009, UNESCO formally approved its inclusion in the "List of Representative Works of Human Intangible Cultural Heritage", and the Dragon Boat Festival became China's first selected non-legacy festival in the world.

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