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Dragon Boat Festival

Taiwan Dragon Boat Race

Taiwan Dragon Boat Race (Photo: Kavin)

The Dragon Boat Festival is a significant Chinese festival which is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. Its origin was to commemorate the patriotic poet Qu Yuan. This festival is one of the three major celebrated festivals in Taiwan, together with Chinese New Year and the Moon Festival. Out of all major Taiwan festivals, Dragon Boat Festival has the longest history with many stories telling its origin. The most popular one is about the patriotic poet- Qu Yuan. During the declination of China in the end of the Zhou Dynasty, Qu Yuan served as a minister to the Zhou Emperor. Qu Yuan was a wise and articulate man well loved by the people. The fights that he had against the rampant corruption made the other officials envy him. The officials started spreading rumors of Qu Yuan in front of the emperor and eventually Qu Yuan had lost the emperor’s trust. Qu Yuan then got exiled when he urged to avoid conflict with the Kingdom of Qing. He travelled and wrote poems during his exile to. He threw himself into Milou River after he heard that Zhou was being defeated by the Qing.

During the day of the Dragon Boat festival, there are various beliefs and traditions that ethnic Chinese do, such as racing dragon boats, eating glutinous rice dumplings (Zhongzi), hanging calamus and moxa on the front door, drinking concoctions, displaying portraits of Zhong Kuei, children wearing fragrant sachets, as well as standing an egg at 12:00 noon. The Dragon Boat Festival is highlighted by the dragon boat races, which was originally meant to the attempts to rescue Qu Yuan. This lively and colorful tradition continued for centuries. Today, dragon boat races are held in various Taiwan cities such as Hsinchu, Tainan, Taipei, and Yilan, etc.

Other than enjoying dragon boat races, people eat Zhongzi (rice dumpling), which is a glutinous rice ball wrapped in corn leaves with fillings of egg, beans, walnuts, mushrooms, and meat. Travelers may find Zhongzi as a common delicacy in Taiwan, taste differently in different area of Taiwan. On the Dragon Boat Festival, hanging portraits of Zhong Kuei, calamus, and moxa on the front door are believed to keep evils away and bring peace. Overall, the Dragon Boat Festival is not only a festival to commemorate a patriot, but also a chance for families and friends to get together.

Taiwan 2017 Dragon Festival Celebrations & Dragon Boat Competitions

2017 Taipei International Dragon Boat Festival
2017 New Taipei City Speaker Cup
2017 Taoyuan Longtan Dragon Boat Festival
2017 Miaoli Zhunan Dragon Boat Competition
2017 Puli Kayak Dragon Boat Festival
2017 Kinmen County Dragon Boat Festival
2017 Hualien Dragon Boat Carnival
2017 Taitung Cultural Tourism Dragon Boat Festival

Come visit Taiwan during Taiwan festivals to enjoy the local cultures and a unique Taiwan holiday experience!

Taiwan Festival Hotel Bookings
Taiwan Festival Hotel Bookings

Taiwan Hotels for 2017 Taiwan Festivals

Hsinchu Hotels

Uni-Resort Mawu…

No.34, Neighborhood 4, Jinshan, Guanxi Township, Hsinchu County 306, Taiwan
TWD 3,278+

Sheipa Leisure …

308-1, Minshih, Taoshan Village, Wufeng Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan
TWD 6,640+

Hualien Hotels

Hualien Venus B…

No.1, Ln. 140, Qingfeng 13th St., Ji’an Township, Hualien County 973, Taiwan
TWD 1,500+

Leader Village …

No.231-1, Fushi, Xiulin Township, Hualien County 972, Taiwan
TWD 4,800+

Kaohsiung Hotels

F HOTEL Kaohsiu…

No.129, Dazhi Rd., Yancheng Dist., Kaohsiung City 803, Taiwan
TWD 2,520+

Wang Fu Hotel

No.73, Linsen 2nd Rd., Lingya Dist., Kaohsiung City 802, Taiwan
TWD 1,200+

Keelung Hotels

Dahua Hotel Kee…

6-9F., No.15, Jing 1st Rd., Ren’ai Dist., Keelung City 200, Taiwan
TWD 1,500+

Beidoo Hotel

No.319, Xin 2nd Rd., Zhongzheng District, Keelung City 202, Taiwan
TWD 1,900+

Miaoli Hotels

F HOTEL SanYi

No.16-1, Fuxing Rd., Sanyi Township, Miaoli County 367, Taiwan
TWD 2,400+

Elite Hotel

No.115, Xindong Rd., Toufen Township, Miaoli County 351, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
TWD 1,410+