Online Chinese Dragon Boat Festival resources for Primary and Secondary School pupils
- Available on request
The Dragon Boat Festival, ‘Duanwu’ or 端午, is an important traditional festival in China and many other Asian countries.
The festival is actually a celebration of the ancient Chinese poet Qu Yuan who, according to legend, drowned in a river during the ‘Warring States’ period (c. 475 to 221 BCE). It is said that after discovering what had happened, local people frantically raced their boats to search for him, dropping lumps of rice into the river in the process so that fish would not feast on his body.
This is the reason that so many boat races are held at this time, and why families make and eat ‘zongzi’ - a kind of sticky rice dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves.
As Qu Yuan is said to have drowned on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar, then the festival is held every year on this day. The date changes for those of us who use other calendars however so in 2021, the festival lands on 14 June.
To celebrate, Cardiff Confucius Institute’s tutors have prepared these special online resources for teachers to use in class, or for children (or adults!) to enjoy at home.
Download and access the resources
- Find out about the customs of the Dragon Boat Festival in this video presentation (21:40 minutes), which includes:
- an introduction to what people in mainland China do during this time
- the true story behind this festival
- the ‘standing-eggs-at-noon’ game.
- download the Dragon Boat Festival PowerPoint used in the video
- find links to videos designed for different year groups (PDF)
- enjoy making your own dragon boat (PDF)
- learn how to make zongzi, traditional rice dumplings (PDF).
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About the organiser
This activity is organised by Cardiff Confucius Institute. Contact Victoria Ucele at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Teacher supervision is required.