Dragon Boat Festival, known as Duanwu Festival (端午节) in Chinese, is a traditional and statutory holiday in China that boasts a 2,000-year-long history. It is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month according to the Chinese calendar. Eating zongzi (粽子, a pyramid-shaped dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves and stuffed with various fillings) and racing dragon boats are the two most widespread activities for this Festival in China.
Today in most parts of China, the festival is believed to be a day dedicated to commemorate the death of a patriotic poet Qu Yuan from the Warring States Period who commited suicide in 278 BCE. In his hometown Zigui, Hubei Province ( 湖北省 秭归市 ), the festival is considered to be as, if not more important as the Spring Festival, the Chinese New Year. (For more Duanwu stories from Zihui, please click here.)
A group of children dressed in traditional Han costumes (汉服) for a commemorative ceremony for Qu Yuan in Wuhan, Hubei Province (湖北省武汉市) on June 10, 2013. Photo: Xinhua
Children learn how to make zongzi during a Dragon Boat Festival activity in Urumqi, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (新疆维吾尔自治区乌鲁木齐市), June 11, 2013. Photo:Xinhua
A mother and her daughter during a zongzi-wrapping contest in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang province (浙江省杭州市), June 11, 2013. Photo:Xinhua