Dragonboat Festival 2010

Duanwu Festival or Dragon Boat Festival has a long history dating back thousands of years. It is a Traditional Chinese Festivals held on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar also known as the Double Fifth. It has since been celebrated in various ways in other parts of East Asia as well. In the West, it’s commonly known as Dragon Boat Festival. This year, it is officially celebrated on June 16, 2010.

The exact origins of Duan Wu are unclear, but one traditional view holds that the festival memorializes the Chinese poet Qu Yuan (c. 340 BC-278 BC) of the Warring States Period. He committed suicide by drowning himself in a river because he was disgusted by the corruption of the Chu government. The local people, knowing him to be a good man, decided to throw food into the river to feed the fish so they would not eat Qu Yuan’s body. They also sat on long, narrow paddle boats called dragon boats, and tried to scare the fish away by the thundering sound of drums aboard the boat and the fierce looking carved dragon head on the boat’s prow. Other thoughts are that after Qu Yaun committed suicide, that because the people loved him so much, they raced out to recover his body, and the races signify the boats skimming across the water to find him. However, researches have also revealed that the festival is also a celebration that is characteristic of ancient Chinese agrarian society: the celebration of the harvest of winter wheat, because similar celebrations had long existed in many other parts of China where Qu Yuan was not known. As interactions between Chinese residing in different regions increased, these similar festivals were eventually merged.

The most widespread activities for the Duanwu Festival are eating (and preparing) zongzi, and racing dragon boats.

Zong-zi is made of steamed glutinous sweet rice mixing with meat and condiment wrapped in the reeds or bamboo leaves. There are salty, sweet, hot or cold varieties of Zong-Zi today. The boat racing is popular in China and exciting to watch. Entire regattas of dragon boats compete to see who is the swiftest as individual rowing teams keep in time with drummers pounding out furious rhythms.

Other common activities include hanging up icons of Zhong Kui (a mythic guardian figure), hanging up mugwort and calamus, taking long walks, and wearing perfumed medicine bags. Other traditional activities including a game of making an egg stand at noon, and writing spells. All of these activities, together with the drinking of realgar wine, are designed to ward off disease or evil.

Activities for the Dragon Boat Festival (Duan Wu Jie)

Zong-zi (rice dumpling) wrapping Demonstration

Our experience personnel will show you how to make Zong Zi, the special technique no every Chinese know how to make. Fun to learn. Then you can join the team to participate in Rice Dumpling wrapping contest.

Dragon boat festival background quizzes

Tai-chi Demonstration

The seniors from Greenburg Evergreen Club will do the Tai-chi performance, one form of the Chinese martial art. By exercising Tai – chi regularly, you will reach your energy balancing and achieve a healthy and fit body.

Games and sport

Volleyball game, tug-a-war and dry dragon boat races are perfect out door activities. Come and show the team effort to win the game. You can also bring your own fun out door game to share with us or bring a great idea to lead the game. Children fun games and more.