The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Dragon Boat Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and Tianzhong Festival, originated from the worship of natural phenomena and evolved from the Dragon sacrifice in ancient times. During the midsummer Dragon Boat Festival, Canglong Qisu flies up to the middle of the sky, which is the most “middle” position in the whole year. That is to say, “flying dragon is in the sky” in the fifth chapter of qiangua in the book of changes. Its origin covers the Ancient Astrology culture, humanistic philosophy and other aspects, and contains profound and rich cultural connotation. In the process of inheritance and development, it blends a variety of folk customs into one, and the festival customs are rich in content. Dragon Boat picking and rice dumpling eating are the two major customs of the Dragon Boat Festival. These two customs have been handed down in China since ancient times, and have been going on ever since.
Dragon Boat Festival, Spring Festival, Qingming Festival and Mid Autumn Festival are known as China’s four traditional festivals. The Dragon Boat Festival culture has a wide influence in the world, and some countries and regions in the world also have activities to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. In May 2006, the State Council listed it in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage list; Since 2008, it has been listed as a national legal holiday. In September 2009, UNESCO officially approved its inclusion in the list of representative works of human intangible cultural heritage. The Dragon Boat Festival became the first festival in China to be included in the list of world intangible cultural heritage.