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Customs for Dragon Boat Festival across Guangdong

2015-June-21       Source: Newsgd.com

Duanwu Festival is also known as Dragon Boat Festival or Double Fifth Festival in China. It is one of the oldest festivals that celebrate across the country for thousands of years.

Duanwu Festival is also known as Dragon Boat Festival or Double Fifth Festival in China. It is one of the oldest festivals that celebrate across the country for thousands of years.

On that day, people use various ways for driving out evil spirits as well as commemorate the great. In the long process of evolvement, people from different regions developed their unique ways to for Duanwu celebration. In Guangdong, residents in Canton, Hakka, Chaoshan and Western Guangdong also have their own way to embrace Duanwu.

Canton

In Guangzhou and Foshan, dozens of dragon boats will compete in Zhujian during the festival. It is really a spectacular event worth of seeing.

In Panyu, Agricultural Boat Racing is held in Haibang Village. The crowded riverside rang with the sound of drums and gongs and the shouting of cheers. The game is fierce and thrilling; all the participants struck the water with rows and fight hard for the first. The scene is similar to a painting of water region.

Residents would also eat a special kind of Zongzi - Alkaline rice dumpling. Alkaline rice dumpling is also called gan sui joong in Cantonese. It is one classic dessert of the Han nationality in Guangdong and one of the most basic rice dumplings for Dragon Boat Festival. This lye water rice dumpling made in Gaozhou, Zhaoqing, Zhongshan and Foshan are very famous. The glutinous rice is treated with lye water (aqueous sodium hydroxide), or potassium carbonate, giving them their distinctive yellow color. Alkaline rice dumpling typically contains either no filling or is filled with a sweet mixture, such as sweet bean paste. They are often eaten with sugar or light syrup.

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