The Dragon Boat Festival, or Duanwu Festival, is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the fifth month the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Because of this, the holiday is often called the ‘double fifth’ festival.
Dragon Boat Festival 2021 falls on June 14 (Monday).
Aside from watching dragon boats and their crews perform on the waves, Dragon Boat Festival involves other things like delicious foods. Triangular rice dumplings with tasty fillings are especially popular during the celebrations. Fillings include pork, water chestnuts, mushrooms, melons, and sweet palm sugar syrup.
The Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, a Chinese poet and minister during the Zhou Dynasty Warring States period. He was a cadet member of the Chu royal house, but was banished and accused of treason when the king decided to ally with the state of Qin.
When the Chu capital was captured by Qin, Qu Yuan drowned himself in the Milou River. Legend has it that locals tried to race out in boats to save him or retrieve his body, which led to the dragon boat races. They also beat drums and pounded their paddles in the water during the rescue attempt. Each year, they continued the celebration, leading to the sport of dragon boating as well as the annual festival.
Take a break from your routine to indulge in the beautiful celebrations of Dragon Boat Festival… ASEAN Fashion Designers Showcase wishing you and your loved ones a beautiful time of festivities! Stay safe.

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