Bad Weather Didn’t Stop Residents from Celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival
Even with bad weather over the weekend didn’t stop resident in their festive mood in celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival across the nation last Saturday. The festival is usually celebrated on the fifth day on the fifth month in the Chinese lunar calendar.
Residents usually celebrate by watching dragon boat races at the city’s east coast while enjoying zongzi with friends and family. Some choose to celebrate the festival in a more unconventional way by doing volunteer work or spending their time reading books at the Shenzhen library. The festival is in commeration of the death of Qu Yuan. Yuan was a patriotic poet during the Warring States Period who committed suicide by throwing himself into the Miluo River when the capital of Chu, his mother kingdom fell to the enemy.
Zongzi a traditional rice dumpling is also used a symbol for the festival. The rice dumpling was usually thrown to the river to prevent the fish from eating Qu’s body. Later the dumpling became the special food of the Chinese people during the Dragon Boat Festival.