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Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese lunisolar calendar. It becomes a tradition that people are excited because of lots of activities to join and prepare.

Originally, this festival is for commemorating Qu Yuan- the best-known legend. He was a patriotic poet and a loyal official of the state of Chu during the Warring States Period. He has shown his love and passion for his country by making poems. In his great despair during 278 BC, he committed suicide in Miluo River and this is the place where people began doing the dragon boat festival every year.

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Dragon Boat Festival & Other Activities

zongzi

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  • Eating Zongzi – one of the snack menus during the Dragon Boat Festival. People traditionally make and eat this with family and friends in commemorating Qu Yuan.
dragon boat paper

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  • Making dragon boat papers – this activity, particularly for children, is very famous as they will be taught on how to fold and make a dragon boat paper.
balancing eggs

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  • Balancing eggs – this is a fun activity where people gather and try to balance eggs until the end of the dragon boat festival to bring a year of good luck.

Songs About Dragon Boat Festival