DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated around early June on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month. This explains its alternate name, the Double Fifth Festival or 端午節 Duanwu Jie. Do you celebrate it with your family?
This festival has been observed for over 2000 years and, like many Chinese festivals, combines folkloric elements with stories commemorating figures from the past. Many scholars believe the origins of the festival lie in the ancient rituals of dragon worship, in which special food was offered and dragon boat races were performed to ask the Dragon God for a good harvest.
In honour of this fun and exciting time of year, we have put together a series of learning tools and activities to bring the festivities into your home!
Read through the information posters below and look at the Learning Activities to learn more about the Dragon Boat Festival. Included are activities on stories, traditions, food and arts and crafts.