Date:     June 06, 2019, Thursday

Duration: 10:00 am -12:00 noon, 2 hours

Event:  Learn about the orgins of the festival; learn how to make traditional handicraft

Location:  Suite 911, 9th Floor, Aojia Fandian, No.26 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing

 

The Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival,also called the Duanwu Festival,is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month according to the Chinese calendar, has had a history of more than 2000 years. It is to commemorate the death of QU Yuan, an upright and honest poet and statesman who is said to have committed suicide by drowning himself in a river.

The most important activity of this festival is the Dragon Boat races. It symbolizes people’s attempts to rescue Qu Yuan. In the current periodthese races also demonstrate the virtues of cooperation and teamwork.

 

Zong zi: Besides,the festival has also been marked by eating zong zi (glutinous rice). Zong zi is made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves. People who mourned the death of Qu threw Zong zi into the river to feed his ghost every year.

 

Spice bag: The small bags are hand-made by local craftmen. They are made with red, yellow, green and blue silk, fine satin or cotton. Figures with animals, flowers and fruits are often embroidered onto the bags and inside are mixed Chinese herbal medicines.