Books by Lilian Darcy (Author of The Sweetest Thing)
Dragon Boat Festival
The festival occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese lunisolar calendar. Dragon Boat Festival is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. The Dragon Boat Festival is a celebration where many eat rice dumplings zongzi , drink realgar wine xionghuangjiu , and race dragon boats. Other activities include hanging icons of Zhong Kui a mythic guardian figure , hanging mugwort and calamus, taking long walks, writing spells and wearing perfumed medicine bags.
The festival now occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional Chinese calendar , which is the source of the festival's alternative name, the Double Fifth Festival. In , it occurred on 30 May; in , on 18 June; and, in , on 7 June. This is pronounced variously in different Chinese languages. All of these names lit. In Korea, the holiday is called Dano. It is a significant traditional holiday in the Korean Culture.
Fishermen tried to save him by beating on drums and splashing their oars to keep the water dragons away. When they realized that it was too late, they scattered rice dumplings into the river so that his soul would never be hungry. With rhyming text and bright gouache illustrations, this engaging picture book will appeal to little ones everywhere. Gung Ho! All proceeds from this edition go to The Nexus School for children within the autism spectrum in Pennsylvania. She wants to know why she must wear a special scented pouch to ward off the evil spirits.
Is Dragon Boat Festival a Public Holiday?
The Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional Chinese festival. It has a history of more than 2, years, and is believed to have originated during the Warring States period. There are a number of origin stories related to the Dragon Boat Festival, among which the following 3 legends are the most widely circulated. Qu Yuan was born in a ruling family and served in high offices. He was the number one advisor of the Kingdom of Chu, and dedicated his whole life to assisting the king to build the State of Chu stronger. However, he was slandered by jealous officials and accused of treason, and the King dismissed and exiled him.
Jie means festival. Since some of the well-known traditions of the festival existed even before Qu Yuan, other origins of the festival have also been suggested. The fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar is traditionally considered an evil month and the fifth of the month is particularly a bad day, so a lot of taboo had been developed. Like other Chinese festivals, there is also a legend behind the festival. He was a wise and erudite man.