The Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday which occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar, which corresponds to late May or June in the Gregorian calendar.
Date: Friday, June 3, 2022
Observances: Dragon boat racing and consumption of zongzi.
The Dragon Boat Festival is called Duanwu Jie (端午节) in Mandarin Chinese. Duan (端) means ‘start’, while wu (午) means ‘noon’, but also ‘the fifth solar month’ in the traditional Chinese calendar (approximately June 6 – July 6), centered around the summer solstice. ‘The month of noon’ marks the middle of summer. Hence, Duanwu Jie means ‘the beginning of mid-summer festival’.