Dragon Boat Festival

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The Dragon Boat Festival, or Duanwu Festival (Simplified: 端午节; Traditional: 端午節) is a traditional festival celebrated in China and some other countries in Asia. It is held on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar.

Traditionally, the festival marked the switch from the yin-dominant time to the yang-dominant time. As such, it was a celebration of masculine virtues, especially courage. Young men performed demonstrations of nerve and strength. As the name indicates, the highlight of the festival was the sailing of small boats down a rough river.

Because of the high yang energy, boys born during the Dragon Boat Festival were said to be destined to become great generals or statesmen. Girls born during the festival were said to be jealous and scheming, attributes not desirable in a wife.

Today, the Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated mostly for traditional purposes; most of the old practices are no longer observed. Some groups still stage boat races on the Yangtze River.