Timings : 7 June 2019 to 9 June 2019
Time Required : 2-3 hours
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The dragon boat festival in Hong Kong is a traditional holiday being observed annually for over 2,000 years now to preserve the memory of the Chinese poet and politician Qu Yuan who is known for his patriotism. It is one of the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. During this festive time, the canoes are painted in bright vibrant colors to take the form of a traditional Chinese dragon and boat races to take place.
During the three days of Dragon Boat Festival, people visit cities to enjoy various festivities like eating rice dumplings (zongzi), drinking realgar wine and racing dragon boats. The activities and games that take place here were often regarded to be an effective way of preventing evil and promoting well being by ancient people. The festival is known by different names in different parts of China and the world like the Duanwu Festival and double fifth festival.