The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Duanyang Festival，Dragon Boat Festival, Tianzhong Festival and so on,originated from the worship of natural celestial phenomena,evolved from the ancient times of dragon worship.Midsummer Dragon Boat Festival，Canglongqi flying in the south of the sky,in the most “in the middle” of the year,that is, as the “I Ching · Qian hexagram” the fifth line of the line of commentarysaid: “flying dragon in the day”.Its origin covers the ancient astrological culture,humanistic philosophy and other aspects of the content，contains a profound and rich cultural connotation,in the inheritance and development of a variety of folk customs as a whole，festival and custom content is rich.Stepping dragon boat and eating zongzi are the two customs of the Dragon Boat Festival.These two customs have been inherited in China since ancient times and continue to this day.The Dragon Boat Festival is a festival founded by ancient ancestors to worship the dragon ancestor,pray for good fortune and ward off evil spirits.Legend has it that Qu Yuan, a poet of the State of Chu during the Warring States Period,committed suicide by jumping into the Miluo River on May 5.
Later,the Dragon Boat Festival is also held to commemorate Qu Yuan. There are also memorial Wu Zixu, Cao E and Jie Zitui. Generally speaking, the Dragon Boat Festival originated from ancient people choose “flying dragon in the day” on a good day to worship Longzu,pray for good fortune and ward off evil spirits, into the summer season of “disease prevention” fashion; The Dragon Boat Festival as “evil moon evil day” in the northern Central Plains, attached to commemorate Qu Yuan and other historical figures commemorative content.
The Dragon Boat Festival is one of the four traditional Chinese festivals, along with the Spring Festival, Tomb-sweeping Day and Mid-Autumn Festival. The Dragon Boat Festival culture has a wide influence in the world. Some countries and regions in the world also have activities to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. In May 2006, the State Council included it in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage list. Since 2008, it has been listed as a national legal holiday.In September 2009, UNESCO officially approved its inclusion in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, making the Dragon Boat Festival the first Chinese festival to be included in the World Intangible Heritage List.