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Changsha Duanwu Festival Activities (June 7-9)

Updated: 2019-06-06

The Duanwu Festival, also known as Dragon Boat Festival, is an important traditional Chinese holiday. It falls on the fifth day of the fifth Chinese lunar month. It is believed to be designed to commemorate Qu Yuan, a great patriot poet of the State of Chu during the Warring State Period (475-221 BC).  People usually celebrate it through dragon boat races, eating zongzi (a pyramid-shaped dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves); and, drinking realgar wine.

The Duanwu Festival holiday lasts from June 7 to 9 this year. A variety of activities are being held in Changsha to celebrate the festival. Participate in and get to known about Duanwu Festival Celebrations.

1. Duanwu Festival Activities at Hunan Cultural Center

(1) Duanwu Festival Folk Music Concert

Time: 20:00, June 6 (Thursday)

Venue: Hunan concert hall, Hunan Cultural Center

(2) Zongzi Making Competition

Time: 9:30-12:00, June 7 (Friday)

Venue: badminton hall, Hunan Cultural Center

Activities:

-Introduction to the Duanwu Festival origins, legends, and customs;

-Zongzi-making teaching;

-Zongzi-making competition (20 families; one parent+ one kid; Tel: 18574391634)

Official website: www.hns-whg.cn

Official WeChat account:

2. Duanwu Festival Activities at Hunan Museum

(1) Dragon Boat Drawing and Coloring

Time: 10:00-10:20, 10:30-10:50, 11:00-11:20; 14:00-14:20, 14:30-14:50, 15:00-15:20;

June 1-30 (closed on Mondays)

Venue: East side of Art Gallery, 1A, Hunan Museum Education Center

Participants: 12 people for each time period

Activities: Duanwu Festival origins and customs exhibition; hands-on activities

How to Participate: no need to make a reservation; on-site registration

(2) Parent-kid Event at Hunan Museum

Time: June 7 - June 9 (10:00-11:30; 14:00-15:30) 

Participants: families with kids aged 9-11 years old (one child + one parent); 10 families per time 
                     Each family is encouraged to prepare a cooked Zongzi in advance to exchange with other families. 

Activities:

-Finding the trail of five poisonous creatures, namely scorpion, viper, centipede, house lizard, and toad;

-Learning the Duanwu Festival culture, such as the festival’s connection with the dragon and the Chu culture;

-Experiencing Duanwu Festival customs, including “Dou Bai Cao” (grass knowledge quiz) and writing a Chinese character “王 (king) ” with realgar wine on children’s foreheads to ward off evil spirits;

-Making traditional Duanwu Festival food Zongzi, a pyramid-shaped dumpling of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves; and,

-Getting to know the “fantastic clothes” described by Qu Yuan in his masterpiece, Chuci (The Songs of Chu).

You can make a reservation through Hunan Museum’s official website, APP, and WeChat account.

Official website: www.hnmuseum.com

Official WeChat account:

 

3. Duanwu Festival Activities at Changsha Jiandu Museum

(1) Zongzi Making

Time: 9:30/14:00, June 7

Venue: Changsha Jiandu Museum workplace

Participants: 16 families with kids aged 5-12 years old (one parent + one child)

Activities: zongzi-related lecture, and zongzi making

(2) Duanwu Sachet Making

Time: 9:30-11:30; 14:30-16:00, June 7 – 9

Venue: little theater (first floor), Changsha Jiandu Museum

Open to the public

Official website: http://www.chinajiandu.cn

4. Event at Shiyan Lake Scenic Area

Time: June 7 -9

Activities: dragon boat race, zongzi making, whitewater rafting, glass water slide, electronic music party, water-sprinkling carnival, night rafting.

Official website: www.shiyanhu.com

5. Event at Window on the World

Time: June 7 - 9

Activities: duck catching contest, hand-making dragon boat, making ciba and zongzi, smearing the skin with realgar wine, having fun in 4 children' s amusement parks.

Official website: www.colorfulworld.cn 

Chinese/photo source: shiyanhu.com; colorfulworld.cn; Hunan Museum official Wechat account; Hunan Public Culture and Tourism Cloud Platform official Wechat account