The Dragon Boat Festival, also called the Duanwu Festival, is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month according to the Chinese calendar. This festival is to commemorate the death of QU Yuan, an upright and honest poet and statesman who is said to have committed suicide by drowning himself in a river.
For thousands of years, various celebrating activities are held all around the country.Eatingzongzi and racing dragon boats are the most pertinent ones, which are said to be in memory of QuYuan, a great poet. In some places, people spread realgar wine on the children in the hope ofprotecting them from the evil spirits.
With the changes of the times, the memorial turns to be a time for protection from evil and disease for the rest of year. People will hang healthy herbs on the front door to clear the bad luck of the house. Although the significance of the festival might be different with the past, it still gives the observer an opportunity to glimpse a part of the rich Chinese cultural heritage.
Senyang also held dragon dance, making zongzi and various interesting competitions to welcome the Dragon Boat Festival.