How to Celebrate the Blue Dragon Festival

How to Celebrate the Blue Dragon Festival

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The Blue Dragon Festival, also known as the Zhonghe Festival or Longtaitou Festival, is a holiday closely tied to China’s ancient agrarian culture. It’s a traditional holiday meant to welcome the earliest tentative signs of spring.

Blue Dragon Festival

Mark Your Calendars
Blue Dragon Festival 2017 is February 27, 2017. It takes place every year between February 21 and March 21 on the 2nd day of the 2nd lunar month.

Here’s a simple guide to a holiday celebrated across the rural countryside to signal nature’s awakening from its winter slumber.



red-lanternThe Basics

Longtaitou literally translates to “dragon raising its head,” a reference to the animal believed to preside over all creatures and, importantly, control the rains. Farmers celebrate the Blue Dragon Festival to ensure favorable rainfall and plowing conditions for a strong harvest season.

The holiday takes place around the time of Jingzhe, the 3rd solar term of the Chinese calendar. This time of year, known as the “waking of insects,” awakens the land and its hibernating animals at the first warming signs of spring.


red-lanternBlue Dragon Festival Traditions

You are unlikely to see any public celebration of the Blue Dragon Festival outside of China, or even in China’s major cities. Nevertheless, there are several customs from the countryside that you can observe for this holiday.

Clean the House

Clean the House

The Blue Dragon Festival takes place at the start of the 2nd lunar month, making it safe to clean without sweeping away Chinese New Year’s luck and good fortune.

Get a Haircut

Get a Haircut

Similar to housecleaning, it’s considered bad luck to cut your hair during the 1st lunar month. Cutting your hair on the Blue Dragon Festival aligns yourself with the dragon’s dignity and power.

Eat Dragon Foods

Eat Dragon Foods

Dumplings are called the “dragon’s ears,” pancakes are the “dragon’s scales” and noodles are the “dragon’s beard,” to express hopes for rain and a good harvest.


red-lanternWhen is the Blue Dragon Festival?

The Blue Dragon Festival takes place every year between February 21 and March 21 on the 2nd day of the 2nd lunar month. There is no time off granted for the Blue Dragon Festival.

Blue Dragon Festival dates through 2026 are below.

YearDate
2015March 21
2016March 10
2017February 27
2018March 18
2019March 8
2020February 24
2021March 14
2022March 4
2023February 21
2024March 11
2025March 1
2026March 20

HT: Photo by Xinhua Net.

4 Responses

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    • Wes Radez

      Happy to hear that, Oya. Thanks for writing! ~Wes