Chinese Dragon Boat Festival

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The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival (端午节, Duānwǔ jié), also known as the Double Five Festival, falls on the fifth day of the fifth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. This festival is celebrated in China and around the world, especially in cities with historical Chinatowns like San Francisco, London and Singapore.

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The Dragon Boat festival (端午节, Duānwǔ jié) pays homage to the poet and hero Qu Yuan (屈原, Qūyuán) through offerings of a special dish named zong zi (粽子, Zòngzi ).

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These are delicious glutinous rice cakes stuffed with meat or sweet paste wrapped in bamboo leaves. Families also drink realgar wine (雄黃酒, xiónghuángjiǔ), and give perfumed pouches to children to ward off disease and negativity.

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The most popular activity during this festival is the holding of dragon boat races (龙舟竞渡, Lóngzhōu jìngdù ) in water bodies. For example in China, this festival is very popular in places along the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River (长江河, Chángjiāng hé ) which sources from the Geladaindong Peak (各拉丹冬峰, Gè lā dān dōng fēng) in Qinghai Province ( 青海省, Qīnghǎi shěng ) and empties into East China Sea in the city of Shanghai.

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The Dragon Boat Festival (端午节, Duānwǔ jié) joins families and communities around the world together in celebrations with special foods, dragon boat races, traditional Chinese opera, songs and dance. This festival has been marked as a cultural heritage festival by UNESCO.

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