Eating Zongzi (I)

Zongzi is an essential food of the Dragon Boat Festival. It is said that people ate them in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC). In early times, it was only glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in reed or other plant leaves and tied with colored thread.

Workers make zongzi, a pyramid-shaped dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves, in a food company in Zigui County, central China's Hubei Province, May 23, 2017. (Xinhua/Zheng Jiayu)

Eating Zongzi (Ⅱ)

But now the fillings are more diversified, including jujube and bean paste, fresh meat, and ham and egg yolk. If time permits, people will soak glutinous rice, wash reed leaves and wrap up zongzi themselves. 

A worker shows zongzi, a pyramid-shaped dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves, in a food company in Zigui County, central China's Hubei Province, May 23, 2017. (Xinhua/Zheng Jiayu)

Eating Zongzi (Ⅲ)

Foreign students learn to make "zongzi", a pyramid-shaped dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves, in celebration of the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival at Hebei University of Engineering in Handan, north China's Hebei Province, May 22, 2017. (Xinhua/Hao Qunying)

Dragon Boat Racing (Ⅰ)

Dragon boat racing is an indispensable part of the festival, held all over the country. As the gun is fired, people will see racers in dragon-shaped canoes pulling the oars harmoniously and hurriedly, accompanied by rapid drums, speeding toward their destination.

People assemble a dragon boat in Songhu Township of Nanchang, east China's Jiangxi Province, May 23, 2017.(Xinhua/Peng Zhaozhi)

Dragon Boat Racing (Ⅱ)

Folk tales say the game originates from the activities of seeking Qu Yuan's body, but experts, after painstaking and meticulous research, conclude that dragon boat racing is a semi-religious, semi-entertaining program from the Warring States Period (475-221 BC).

People carry a dragon boat into a river. Photo is taken by Luo Pingxi. [Photo provided by photoint.net]

Dragon Boat Racing (Ⅲ)

Now dragon boat racing has developed into an aquatic sports item which features both Chinese tradition and modern sporting spirit. In 1980, it was listed into the state sports competition programs and has since been held every year. The award is called "Qu Yuan Cup."

People spray water to each other after a dragon boat race. Photo is taken by Lu Zhihao. [Photo provided by photoint.net]

Dragon Boat Racing (Ⅳ)

A typical dragon boat ranges from 50-100 feet in length, with a beam of about 5.5 feet, accommodating two paddlers seated side by side. A wooden dragon head is attached at the bow, and a dragon tail at the stern. A banner hoisted on a pole is also fastened at the stern and the hull is decorated with red, green and blue scales edged in gold. In the center of the boat is a canopied shrine behind which the drummers, gong beaters and cymbal players are seated to set the pace for the paddlers.

Dragon boat race is held at a river town. Photo is taken by Zhang Yonglin. [Photo provided by photoint.net]

Greeting Activity (Ⅰ)

It's believed that if you carry the small spice bag around with you, it not only drives away evil spirits but also brings fortune and happiness to those who wear it. Figures of animals, flowers and fruits are often embroidered onto the bags and inside are mixed Chinese herbal medicines.

A girl displays sachets made by herself during an activity to greet the upcoming the Dragon Boat Festival at a kindergarten in Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei Province, May 23, 2017. (Xinhua/Wang Xiao)

Greeting Activity (Ⅱ)

Children draw pictures of their hometown under instruction of volunteers during an activity to greet the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival in Yuyao, east China's Zhejiang Province, May 24, 2017. Volunteers and some 60 children of migrant workers attended the activity at a kindergarten on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

Greeting Activity (Ⅲ)

A volunteer draws a pattern praying for blessing on the forehead of a child during an activity to greet the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival in Yuyao, east China's Zhejiang Province, May 24, 2017. Volunteers and some 60 children of migrant workers attended the activity at a kindergarten on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

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