Dragon Boat Festival set to captivate in June

29th Apr 2013

China's Dragon Boat Festival is one of the oldest and most anticipated annual festivals and events staged across the vast country.

Every year tourists from all over the world are enticed to China on tailor-made holidays around an event which acts as an opportunity for people to nourish their bodies and rid themselves of illnesses.

This year the 2,000-year-old educational event, also known as the Duanwu Festival, falls on Wednesday, June 12.

It marks the nationalist poet Qu Yuan (340-278 BC), who died on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, with dragon boat racing and eating zongzi key themes of the event.

Zongzi is a food with sticky rice, with different shapes and various fillings, including jujube, sweetened bean paste, fresh meat, or egg yolk.

Another tradition is to tie five-colour silk tread to a child's wrists, ankles, and around their neck because of its alleged magical and healing powers.

But the real stars of the show that allure holidaymakers to the festival are the dragon boats themselves.

Their fore and sterns are in the shape of a traditional Chinese dragon. The races see one team member sitting at the front of the boat beating a drum to maintain morale and ensure the rowers are synchronised with one another.


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