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Dragon Boat Festival 2021: Google animated Doodle celebrates Chinese Duanwu Festival



Chinese Dragon Boat Festival

Google animated Doodle celebrates the Dragon Boat Festival (端午节; 端午節), a traditional holiday that happens on the fifth day of the fifth month of the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, on June 14, 2021. It is otherwise called Duanwu (端午), Duānwǔ Jié, Double Fifth, Tuen Ng Jit.

In 2021, Dragon Boat Festival falls on June 14 (Monday). China will have 3 days of public holiday from Saturday (June 12) to Monday (June 14), and we will be once again busy working on Tuesday, June 15.

The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and somewhere else all throughout the world. Individuals of China generally get a three-day break work to celebrate with loved ones.

The English language name for the holiday is Dragon Boat Festival, used as the official English interpretation of the holiday by the People’s Republic of China. It is likewise refered to in some English sources as Double Fifth Festival which insinuates the date as in the first Chinese name.

The Dragon Boat Festival is one of the busiest travel holidays in China. During this time, individuals visit cities to appreciate the different festivities related with the holiday. It is entirely expected to see great crowds in cities like Beijing and Guangzhou.

The Dragon Boat Festival goes by numerous names in China and across the world. In Mainland China, the Dragon Boat Festival is alluded to as the Duanwu Festival.

The Duanwu Festival is praised on the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calendar. Along these lines, the holiday is regularly called the ‘double fifth’ celebration.


The Dragon Boat Festival started from the holidays of China’s Warring States Period. As indicated by the old stories, there was a Minister of the territory of Chu who support the decision to take up arms against the abusive province of Qin.

This present minister’s name was Qu Yuan. From the start individuals of Chu and other Chinese states support Qu Yuan, yet as time passed, the King of Chu disapproved. To express his dislike for the war plan, the King ousted Qu Yuan.

During his exile, Qu Yuan composed different patriotic poems that expressed his affection and vision for China. Among these poems composed by Qu Yuan is the world popular “The Lament”.

At the point when the territory of Qin started to make progress and take control over China, Qu Yuan suffocated himself in the Miluo River in 278 BCE. It is said that Qu Yuan drowned China such a lot of that he would prefer to die than see it fall under the control of the Qin. After his death, the works of Qu Yuan were flowed.

Having acquired renown as an author and a patriot, the Dragon Boat Festival started to honor his death in the river.

Individuals appreciate a 3-day holiday for festivities, among which the dragon boat race is the most popular. The notorious celebration food is Zongzi (sticky rice dumplings).

China, as the beginning of the Dragon Boat Festival, praise it at the biggest scale with the most activities. Some different nations in Asia, similar to Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia likewise celebrate it for certain various highlights.

For example, in Singapore, Nyonya, the local species and seafood are used to make Zongzi. The North America and Europe, with the migration of Chinese, likewise presented in the celebration. In any case, the festival activity is mostly dragon boat racing.

Dragon Boat Festival is unofficially seen by the Chinese communities of Southeast Asia, including Singapore and Malaysia. Same and related official celebrations incorporate the Korean Dano, Japanese Children’s Day, and Vietnamese Tết Đoan Ngọ.

The Dragon Boat Festival is a celebration where many eat rice dumplings (zongzi), drink realgar wine (xionghuangjiu), and race dragon boats. Different activities incorporate hanging icons of Zhong Kui (a mythic guardian figure), hanging mugwort and calamus, going for long walks, writing spells and wearing perfumed medication bags.

In the Republic of China, the Dragon Boat Festival celebration was additionally celebrated as “Poets’ Day” out of appreciation for Qu Yuan, who is known as China’s first writer.

Chinese residents traditionally throw bamboo leaves loaded up with cooked rice into the water and it is likewise standard to eat tzungtzu and rice dumplings.

On June 14, 2021, Google celebrates Dragon Boat Festival 2021 with a Google animated Doodle.

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