Dragon Boat Festival Customs
The Dragon Boat Festival once had many interesting customs that are no longer commonly observed, although they are still practiced in rural areas.
Dragon Boat Racing
The most popular activity of the Dragon Boat Festival is racing dragon boats. The locals who paddled out on boats to scare the fish away and retrieve Qu Yuan芒鈧劉s body marked the origin of dragon boat racing. The races are a symbol of the attempts to rescue and recover the body of Qu Yuan.
The Dragon Boat Race custom may have started in southern China, where the fifth lunar day of the fifth lunar month was selected as the totem ceremony. The dragon was the main symbol on the totem, because the Chinese believe that they are sons of the dragon. Later, the Chinese connected this custom with the Duanwu Festival, since this festival is the only one in southern China 芒鈧€?and may be why the Dragon Boat Race is not that popular in China today. We can experience annual Dragon Boat Race events in Honk Hong and Taiwan, and the picture shows a person lying on the top of the dragon head on a boat in preparation for catching the target flag to win the race.
The Dragon Boat Race has become an international event. The sport is popular in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, Taiwan, Honk Hong, Singapore, and other countries. Some of the events are held during July, August, or September, and not held during the Dragon Boat Festival. You can check the relevant websites for the schedules. Read more on dragon boat racing