Falling on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar, the Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Duanwu Festival, is one of the four major traditional Chinese festivals, the other three being the Spring Festival, the Qingming Festival, and the Mid-Autumn Festival.
With a history of more than 2,000 years, the Dragon Boat Festival commemorates Qu Yuan, a patriotic poet and well-known politician during the Warring States Period (475BC-221BC) who, in despair, drowned himself in the Miluo River in today’s Hunan province. The festival then originated as a search for the poet’s body.
This year’s Dragon Boat Festival falls on June 14.During the festival, Chinese people will perform various activities, including dragon boat racing, eating sticky rice dumplings (zongzi), hanging auspicious leaves, etc.
Recently, ECNU held a number of activities for students to experience traditional customs of the Dragon Boat Festival. ECNUers made rice dumplings and scented sachets and tied five-color silk thread by themselves. They also created collage and had a quiz to test the traditional practices of the Dragon Boat Festival.
We wish ECNUers a happy Dragon Boat Festival!
Author: Yuan Yiwei
Copy editor: Philip Nash
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Editor: Yuan Yiwei