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Expats enjoy Dragon Boat Festival in Wenzhou

ezhejiang.gov.cn| Updated: June 8, 2022 L M S

Anna and her family experience traditional festival customs related to Dragon Boat Festival in Shangen village, Shanfu town, Lucheng district, Wenzhou. [Video provided to ezhejiang.gov.cn]

Many expats working and living in Wenzhou, East China's Zhejiang province, took part in a variety of activities to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, which fell on June 3 this year.

The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival, is a traditional holiday in China celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar.

Customs to celebrate the festival vary a lot in different areas of the country, but most Chinese eat zongzi, have dragon boat races, and carry a sachet around with them.

Zongzi is a very popular dish during the Dragon Boat Festival. This tasty dish consists of rice dumplings with meat, peanuts, egg yolk or other fillings wrapped in reed leaves.


Expats make zongzi, or sticky rice dumplings, during an activity held in Cangnan town, Wenzhou on June 2 in celebration of the traditional Dragon Boat Festival. [Photo provided to ezhejiang.gov.cn]

In Cangnan town, Wenzhou, a group of expats wearing traditional Chinese clothes learned how to make zongzi and sachets on June 2. They appeared to enjoy experiencing the traditional folk customs associated with the festival and learning about traditional Chinese culture.

Anna, a foreign anchor from the Hai'ou Community of Wenzhou Daily, went to Shangen village, Shanfu town in Wenzhou's Lucheng district to experience all the traditional festival customs with her family.

They took part in activities such as picking reed leaves, making rice ash, wrapping zongzi, and hanging calamus at the door. She said she was amazed by the traditional Chinese festival customs and culture. 


Expats take part in the ancient Chinese game of touhu - throwing arrows into wine pitchers - in Cangnan town, Wenzhou on June 2. [Photo provided to ezhejiang.gov.cn]