Dragon Boat Festival (aka Duanwu Festival) is a traditional Chinese festival, which falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar. In 2012, the festival falls on June 23. The celebration activities of Dragon Boat festival includes racing dragon boats, eating Zongzi, and drinking realgar wine, etc.
The important Chinese folk festival is dedicated to the ancient patriotic poet Qu Yuan, who lived more than 2,300 years ago.
Dragon boat racing is an indispensable part of the festival, held all over the country. As the gun is fired, the racers in dragon-shaped canoes pull the oars harmoniously and hurriedly with rapid drums, and speed toward their destination.
Zongzi are to the Dragon Boat Festival what eggs are to Easter or roses to Valentine’s Day.
It is made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo leaves or other plant leaves.
Now, with diversified fillings, it is available all year round at street stalls, supermarkets and restaurants.
At that day, adults would drink realgar wine, and paint children’s foreheads and limbs with the leftover realgar slurries. Also, Chinese people hang up calamus & wormwood. Both are for protection from evil and disease for the rest of the year.
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