Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival 2014

Dragon Boat Festival, as known as Duanwu Festival, is a traditional and statutory holiday in China, occurring on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar.

Main customs of the celebration include eating the rice dumpling (zongzi), hanging calamus, Artemsia argyi, smoked herb and Angelica dahurica, drinking Realgar wine (xionghuangjiu), and racing dragon boats.

The festival was long marked as a traditional holiday in China. On May 20th 2006, it was selected into the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage items; in 2008 it was celebrated as a public holiday in China; on October 30th 2009, it was chosen into the UNESCO World Non-Material Cultural Heritage List.

Dragon Boat Racing

The Dragon Boat Festival used to have many interesting customs that are no longer commonly observed, though you may still find them practiced in some rural areas. The most popular activity done during the Dragon Boat Festival is the racing of Dragon Boats. Dragon boat racing is held at that day each year in many cities in southern China. Read more

Places to see Dragon Boat Racing in 2014

Dragon Boat Festival Food


Zongzi (Chinese: 粽子)

Zongzi (Chinese: 粽子) is a traditional Chinese food, made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves. It is the most popular food of the Dragon Boat Festival. Zongzi is cooked by steaming or boiling. Read more on Zongzi

Mianshanzi (Chinese: 面扇子)

Mianshanzi is a kind of wheat flour food, tracing to the tradition of making and selling fans during the festival in ancient times. It is made up of five layers, covered with fried sprinkles of pepper powder. The appearance is pinched into a variety of flowers to make it appealing.

glutinous rice cake

Glutinous Rice Cake (Chinese: 打糕)

Glutinous rice cakes are eaten for the capital ethnic minority people, who live in Yanbian area in Northeast China’s Jilin Province. Served with honey or other sugar, it tastes delicious and chewy.


Pancake (Chinese:煎饼)

In East China’s Wenzhou area, every family eats a kind of thin pancakes on the Dragon Boat Festival date. The pancake is made of refined white wheat flour fried on an iron frying pan. Green bean sprouts, leek, shredded meat and mushrooms are then rolled into the cake as filling.

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Dragon Boat Festival Dates (2014 - 2021)

Year Dates
2014 June 2
2015 June20
2016 June 9
2017 May 30
2018 June 18
2019 June 7
2020 June25
2021 June14

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