Dragon Boat Festival Taiwan Customs

Dragon Boat Festival (also named as-Summer Festival,” Poet’s Festival ” and Po (Sedge) Festival). This significant Chinese festivals together with Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn is one of the three major celebrated festivals in Taiwan having the longest history with many stories telling its origin in East Asia culture ring of China mainland, and Japan, and Korea, and Taiwan, and Viet Nam. It is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month on the lunar calendar. The Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional and statutory holiday in Taiwan. Because of its origins and customs, it is closely related to the remembrance of Qu Yuan, a poet who lived during the Warring States Period.
During the day of the Dragon Boat festival, there are various beliefs and traditions that ethnic Chinese do, such as holding dragon boat races on the rivers and lakes, eating glutinous rice dumplings called (Zhongzi), hanging calamus and moxa on the front door,
drinking concoctions, pasting up pictures of Chung Kuei (a nemesis of evil spirits). Children wearing fragrant sachets and given fragrant sachets while adults drink hsiung huang wine, as well as standing an egg on its end at 12:00 noon then the coming year will be a lucky one and there are also demonstrations of folk arts and crafts.
Today boat races are held all over the country for more than 2,000 years, and now foreign teams also joins in at a regular basis.



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