Interesting Customs of Dragon Boat Festival in Chengdu

Authors: Go Chengdu


How much do you know about the traditional customs on Dragon Boat Festival in Chengdu, besides eating Zongzi and dragon boat racing?
Wearing sachets of aromatic herbs

According to Chinese folklores, wearing the sachets would protect children from diseases and evil spirits. During the period of Dragon Boat Festival, children would carry colorful sachets containing aromatic herbs.

Tying five-color silk threads

Tying five-color Silk Threads around children’s wrists, ankles and necks during the period is said to help them ward off pests.

Hanging mugwort and calamus leaves

People clean their houses and hang the mugwort and calamus leaves on the doors and other places at home to keep off diseases. The smells sent out from the plants can dispel the mosquitoes, flies and help people get refreshed.
Drinking realgar wine

In the past, people would drink a little of realgar wine (realgar is a kind of chemical substance that has medicinal properties) and apply a little of it on the forehead, nose, ears, hands and feet of children in order to repel snakes and drive out evil spirits.

Zongzi and Dragon Boat Festival

Zongzi is the most popular food of during the Dragon Boat Festival, which is celebrated annually on the fifth day of the fifth month in the Chinese lunar calendar which falls on June 20 this year.

Jun 26, 2015

Make Your Own Zongzi

Making zongzi is a difficult proposition. Even some experienced Chinese cooks find it challenging to fold two bamboo leaves into a funnel and put an appropriate amount of fillings into it.

Jun 23, 2015

Go to Watch Dragon Boat Racing in Jintang

The 2015 China Dragon Boat Regatta Open (Jintang, Chengdu) will take place June 13-14 at the Triathlon Venue in Jintang County.

Jun 07, 2015

Water-Splashing Festival & Dragon Boat Racing in Sandaoyan Town

The 2nd Water-Splashing Festival and 62nd Dragon Boat Racing will be held June 20-28 in Sandaoyan Town in northwestern Chengdu’s Pixian County.

Jun 19, 2015

2016 China Dragon Boat Race (Jintang, Chengdu) Takes Place

The 2016 China Dragon Boat Race (Jintang, Chengdu) took place in Baima Lake, northeast Chengdu’s Jintang County, with the participation of 22 teams from all over the country, of which 5 were from Sichuan.

Jun 06, 2016

Water Splashing Festival & Dragon Boat Race in Sandaoyan Town

The Sandaoyan 3rd Water-Splashing Festival and 63rd Dragon Boat Race will be held June 9-12 in northwestern Chengdu’s Pixian County.

Jun 06, 2016

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