Dragon Boat Festival also known as Duanwu Festival and Double Fifth is a traditional boating festival originated in China. Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated as a statutory holiday in China. And it is celebrated in many other Southeast Asian and East Asian countries.
Dragon Boat Festival is known in different names in different countries. In in Hong Kong and Macau it is known by the Cantonese name Tuen Ng Festival in Mandarin, it is known as Duanwu Jie and so on.
The main attraction of the festival is clear fro the name itself, racing dragon boats. Other main activities on this special day are drinking realgar wine xionghuangjiu and eating rice dumplings zongzi etc. Now check out the doodle released by Google on the occasion of Dragon Boat Festival. Dragon Boat Festival 2002 Google Doodle is simple and it concentrated on the main attraction of the festival. There is a red Dragon Boat is pictured in the doodle as the racing of dragon boats is the main activity or attraction of the festival. So the entire doodle is simple and attractive.During this festive time sun is considered as the strongest during the time of summer solstice and daylight become longer in the northern hemisphere. In Chinese believe Sun represents the masculine energy as like Chinese Dragon and moon represents feminine energy as like phoenix.
The image of masculine energy is always associated with Dragon Boat Festival as the summer festivals are celebrated to represent peak annual moment of male energy. The winter time celebrations always represent the feminine energy.
Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated in Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia from long time ago. There is some festivals celebrated in some part of Asia related to Dragon Boat Festival such as Kodomo no hi in Japan, Tet Doan Ngọ in Vietnam and Dano in Korea etc. The alternative name of Dragon Boat Festival is Double Fifth and is so called because it is observed to celebrate on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese calendar.