Dragon Boat Festival
- SWATHI RAMASWAMY
- UPDATED May 11, 2018
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Kuala Lampur has become a tourist destination for most people for the variety of activities and adventures it offers. The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Duanwu Festival takes place once every year, on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Traditional Chinese Calendar – which is why it is popularly referred to as the Double Fifth Festival. It celebrates the Harvest of Winter Wheat and several contributions and offerings are made to deities as a way of spreading good spirits. Here are some of the activities that are conducted during the festival:
1. Indulge in some traditional savories
A significant way of celebrating the festival is by making Zongzi – a traditional Chinese food that is made by stuffed rice overlaid by bamboo leaves. It is then boiled or steamed. It is also referred to as ‘Rice Dumplings’ by the people in the West. Here, take a look!
2. Quench your thirst with this rare drink
Realgar Wine, also known as Xionghuang Wine is a Chinese alcoholic drink which is believed to ward off all evil forces. At the Dragon Boat Festival, everyone drinks the Realgar wine and children have the Chinese Character for “King” written on their foreheads with it.
3. Jump into racing adventures
The Dragon Boat Racing is mainly originated from the mythical belief that it fetches abundant crops and improves well-being. The Dragon Boat consists of 20 paddlers who row the boat and a drummer who sits at the front. It represents the hardships faced by human beings and the war against their enemies. Interestingly, it has become one of the fastest growing water sports in the world.
4. Add some color to life
A lot of the parents in China braid silk threads of five colors and wrap it around their children’s wrists. A perfume pouch is attached along with every thread which is not only worn for a nice fragrance but is also believed to spread good spirits.
The Dragon Boat attracts tourists from all over the world and not just the Chinese community. It is a great way to spend the holidays with family by involving in certain traditional sports and food which provides a very different experience on the whole.