Dragon Boat Festival 2006 doodle China imaging dragon boat

Dragon Boat Festival or Duanwu Festival and Double Fifth is a traditional boating festival originated in China. In many other Southeast Asian and East Asian countries Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated as a statutory holiday.

Dragon Boat Festival 2006 doodle
Dragon Boat Festival 2006 doodle (May 31, 2006)

Google released a Dragon Boat Festival 2006 doodle. In the Google doodle there is a racing dragon boat as a background. As the festival is celebrated during summer time, sun will be strong enough that time. According to believes in China Sun represents the masculine energy as like Chinese Dragon and moon represents feminine energy as like phoenix.

In different countries Dragon Boat racing is known in different names. 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. Although the festival celebrations are there in China from 1940, but it is in 2008 the Boat Festival is declared as official holiday.

The festivals like such as Kodomo no hi in Japan, Tet Doan Ngọ in Vietnam and Dano in Korea etc are some of the festivals that celebrated in Asia related to Dragon Boat Festival. Because the Boat Festival is observed to celebrate on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese calendar it is known in an alternative name called Double Fifth.

The Dragon Boat Festival has a fixed date in Chinese calendar bu may vary in date according to Gregorian calendar. The main attraction of this festival is clear from its name itself, the Dragon boat race.

From a Dragon Boat Festival
From a Dragon Boat Festival [Image Credit : www.topchinatravel.com ]
The origin of Dragon Boat racing Festival is associated with the poet Qu Yuan during Warring States Period of the Zhou Dynasty. Today also Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated with great importance. It is international dragon boat race federation organizing festival annually.