Zongzi and Dragon Boat Festival

Authors: Go Chengdu


Have Zongzi for Dragon Boat Festival!
***Dragon Boat Festival***
Dragon Boat Festival, formally called Duanwu Festival, is a traditional Chinese festival celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month in the Chinese lunar calendar. This year's Dragon Boat Festival is on May 30.
There are various traditional customs during the festival, such as rowing the dragon boat, wearing aromatic sachets, hanging mugwort or calamus leaves on the door and drinking realgar wine. However, the most popular way to celebrate the event is eating Zongzi, which has almost become the symbol of the festival.
Zongzi is made of rice and stuffing wrapped in in bamboo or reed leaves, and there are various Zongzi in China, with different flavors and fillings, such as date, mashed red beans, pork, bacon, egg yolk, fruits and so on.
***Zongzi Street***
The East Ma'an Road in downtown Chengdu is the best known place to purchase Zongzi in the city. In the time of the Dragon Boat Festival, people swarm to the street, which has more than a hundred shops and stalls selling Zongzi and is nicknamed as the Zongzi Street during the period.
The forming of the Zongzi Street dates back to the early 1990s when some retired residents in the neighborhood began to sell Zongzi made by themselves on the roadsides. Business was booming because of the good flavor and the favorable price of Zongzi, giving rise to the prosperity of the business with more sellers joining in.

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Xinjin Dragon Boat Regatta

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First Touch of Dragon Boat Festival

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Watch Dragon Boat Regatta in Sandaoyan Town

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May 27, 2017

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