The Dragon Boat Festival 端午节

The customs vary a lot in different areas of the country, but most of the families would hang the picture of Zhong Kui (a ghost that can exorcise), calamus and moxa in their houses. People have Dragon Boat Races, eat Zong Zi (dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves) and carry a spice bag around with them. 

What do we eat?

Zong zi粽子

粽子tsung- tse:Glutinous rice(糯米)filled with meat, nuts or bean paste(豆酱dòu jiànɡ)and wrapped in bamboo leaves. It is associated with Dragon Boat Festival with historical meaning.The custom of eating tsung-tse is also popular in North and South Korea, Japan and Southeast Asian nations.

What do we drink?

realgar wine 雄黄酒

It is a very popular practice to drink this kind of Chinese liquor seasoned with realgar at the Dragon Boat Festival. This is for protection from evil and disease for the rest of the year.

What do we play?

Dragon boat racing 赛龙舟

Dragon boat racing is an indispensable part of the festival, held all over the country. As the gun is fired, people will see racers in dragon-shaped canoes pulling the oars harmoniously and hurriedly, accompanied by rapid drums, speeding toward their destination.

What do we hang?

On Dragon Boat Festival, parents also need to dress their children up with a sachet. They first sew little bags with colorful silk cloth, then fill the bags with perfumes or herbal medicines(草药), and finally string them with silk threads. The sachet will be hung around the neck or tied to the front of a garment as an ornament. They are said to be able to ward off evil.



端午节duān wǔ jié: the Dragon Boat Festival
粽子zònɡ zi : zongzi/tsung-tse/rice dumpling
糯米nuò mǐ :glutinous rice
赛龙舟 sài lónɡzhōu : Dragon boat racing
雄黄酒xiónɡ huánɡ jiǔ:realgar wine
香包 xiānɡ bāo: perfumed medicine bag/sachet
驱邪qū xié :ward off evil
祛病qū bìnɡ :ward off disease

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