Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival 2014

Dragon Boat Festival, as known as Duanwu Festival (端午节 Duānwǔ Jié), is a traditional and statutory holiday in China, occurring on the 5th day of the 5th month of China’s lunar calendar. It takes place on June 2 (Monday), 2014. The Chinese will have a day off that day.

The main customs of the celebration include eating rice dumplings zòngzi, hanging calamus, Chinese mugwort, smoked herbs, and Chinese Angelica (Bai Zhi 白芷); drinking Realgar wine (雄黄酒  xiónghuángjiǔ), and racing dragon boats. Dragon boat racing is the most popular traditon.

The festival has long been 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 first celebrated as a public holiday in China; and on October 30th, 2009, it was added to the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.

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 on Dragon Boat Racing

Places to see Dragon Boat Racing in 2014

Dragon Boat Festival Food


Zongzi — Sticky Rice Dumplings

Zongzi (粽子 zòngzi) 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 are cooked by steaming or boiling. Read more on Zongzi


Mianshanzi — ‘Rice Fans’

Mianshanzi (面扇子 miànshànzi) is a kind of wheat flour food, which can be traced back to the tradition of making and selling fans during the festival in ancient times. It is made up of five layers, and covered with fried sprinkles of pepper powder. The multicolored layers are pinched into a variety of textures to make it appealing.

glutinous rice cake

Dagao — Glutinous Rice Cake

Glutinous rice cakes (打糕 dǎgāo) are eaten by the North Korean ethnic minority people, who live in Yanbian Prefecture in Northeast China's Jilin Province. Served with honey or sugar, it tastes delicious and chewy.


Jianbing — Pancakes

In East China's Wenzhou Prefecture, every family eats a kind of thin pancakes (煎饼 jiānbing) on Dragon Boat Festival. The pancakes are made of refined white wheat flour, fried on a flat frying pan. Green bean sprouts, leek, shredded meat, and mushrooms are then rolled into the pancakes as a filling.

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Dragon Boat Festival Dates (2014 - 2021)

2014June 2
2016June 9
2017May 30
2018June 18
2019June 7

Dragon Boat Festival Photos

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