Duanwu Festival ,is also known as Dragon Boat Festival .it is a traditional and statutory holiday associated with Chinese and other East Asian and Southeast Asian societies as well.
Dragon Boat Festival is also a public holiday in Taiwan, where it is known by the Mandarin name Duānwǔ Jié, as well as in Hong Kong and Macau, where it is known by the Cantonese name Tuen Ng Jit. In 2008, the festival was restored in China as an official national holiday. The festival is also celebrated in other Asian countries where have large chinese populartion, such as in Singapore and Malaysia. Equivalent and related festivals outside Chinese-speaking societies include the Kodomo no hi in Japan, Dano in Korea and some areas in Vietnam.
The Dragon Boat Festival is the fifth day of the fifth month every year, it was set to memorialize our gretest politician,poet,patriot QuYuan who killed himself by throwing himself int to the river 2300 year ago.
As QuYuan was a very famous patriot ,in his life ,he always works for people and strive for the benifit of poor peasant .His death was a heavy strike to people.
When people know that he killed himself ,people felt extremely sad and broken-hearted,they jumped into the river to save and look for the body of QuYuan.
In case the body of QuYuan eat by fish shrimps and crabs,they throw rice dumpling,eggs,wine and other foot into the river.
Although after thousands of years,people still remember him and set May 5th as Duanwu Festival .as people would hold dragon race,so this day is also called as Draonas boat Festival