What is the Dragon boat Festival?

Chinese Dragon Boat Festival falls on the 5th day of the 5th month on the Chinese lunar calendar.  Chinese people call the Dragon Boat Festival – Duān Wǔ Jié. This year it falls on the 14th of June.

It is a day to commemorate the patriotic poet, Qu Yuan from the Warring States period of China.

A story that Chinese children enjoy on this day is the story of the White Snake.  The Legend of the White Snake is a story between a snake and a human, it is a folktale that children talk about during the Dragon Boat Festival season.

What are the traditions that Chinese people follow during this festival? 

People will participate in Dragon Boat race.  It is now an international event in Taiwan and Hong Kong with teams from all over the world.  You will see vendors and restaurant selling rice dumplings, Zhong Zi. Many families will make their rice dumplings as well.

Nursery and Reception listened to the story about how this festival originated from. The children then worked together as a team to create their own boats out of recycled materials.