The Confucius institute at the University of Canterbury
Celebrated the Dragon Boat Festival
On the first of June (local time), the Confucius institute at the University of Canterbury held a cultural activity to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. More than twenty people came to celebrate this traditional Chinese festival, including local people and students from the University of Canterbury.
At the beginning of the activity, the people attending watched a video about the dragon boat racing. The host then introduced some legends and traditional customs associated with the origins of the Dragon Boat Festiva. She also taught a few Chinese words related to the festival, such as ‘duanwu jie’ (‘Dragon Boat Holiday’), zongzi, ‘hua longzhou’ (paddling dragon boats). After that, people ate delicious “zongzi” together.
People also learned how to make the herbal sachets. The sachets are a symbol of good luck. Many people said that the celebration was a good opportunity to gain a better understanding of Chinese culture.
The Dragon Boat Festival dates back 2000 years. Chinese people celebrate the festival to commemorate the great patriotic poet QU Yuan.