The Duanwu Festival on the 18th June 2918, also often known as the Dragon Boat Festival, is a traditional holiday in China and means that our offices in Hong Kong and China will be closed for the day.

Also known as Zhongxiao Festival (忠孝節), it commemorates fealty and filial piety.

The festival now occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional Chinese calendar, which is the source of the festival’s alternative name, the Double Fifth Festival.

The Chinese calendar is lunisolar, so the date of the festival varies from year to year on the Gregorian calendar. In 2016, it occurred on June 9; in 2017, on May 30; and in 2018, 18th June.

The story best known in modern China holds that the festival commemorates the death of the poet and minister Qu Yuan (c. 340–278 BC), who was worngly accused of treason. In despair, Qu Yuan committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River. It is said that the local people, who admired him, raced out in their boats to save him, or at least retrieve his body. This is said to have been the origin of dragon boat races.

While our offices in China and Hong Kong will close on Monday 18th June, all other global locations will operate as normal.