As of the start of the Lixia solar term on May 5th , summer has officially started in China! Now we’re moving into June, there are several notable summer days to pay attention to. The best-known festival this month is the Dragon Boat Festival on the 25th, but what else does June have in store for us?
Read on to find out!
Children’s Day (儿童节 Értóng jié) – June 1st
Grain on the Ear (芒种 Máng zhòng) – June 5th
Summer Solstice (夏至 Xià zhì）- June 21st
Dragon boat festival (端午节 duān wǔ jié) – June 25th
The dragon boat festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month in the Chinese lunar calendar (June 25th in 2020).
Although in different areas of the country the festival commemorates several different characters from ancient China, with all the stories involving water, the most common origin story is that the festival commemorates Qu Yuan (340-278 BC), a poet and politician who drowned himself.
According to legend, when they saw Qu Yuan fall into the river, the locals rushed over in their boats to try to save him but they were too late. They threw sticky rice into the water and beat their oars on the water to try to keep the fish away from the body. Later, Qu Yuan appeared in a dream to his friends, and told them to wrap rice in silk parcels with three corners.
From these events we get dragon boat racing and zongzi (粽子 zòngzi), which are bundles of sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves, and originate from the sticky rice thrown into the water in the legend.
Fancy making your own Zongzi? Or maybe learning how to paint your own dragon? To celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, Cultural Keys will be holding two events in June, giving you two opportunities to learn more about this fascinating festival or join us to celebrate it in person!
Scan the QR code or email us at [email protected] to sign up or for more information!
Are you planning on marking any of these dates in June? Are any of them new to to you, or have you experienced all of them before? Let us know in the comments below!
– Xinhua/Yang Chenguang; Farmonline.com.au; Flickr/ Yan Long
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