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Dragon Boat Festival dawns

2012-06-20 06:25:54 GMT2012-06-20 14:25:54(Beijing Time)  China Daily

Residents compete in to make glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves or Zongzi in Chinese in Beihai Park in Beijing on June 19. [Photo/Xinhua]

Residents compete in to make glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves or Zongzi in Chinese in Hefei, Anhui province on June 19.

Residents push a dragon boat to the bank of Liuyang river for a boat race in Changsha, Hunan province on June 19.

Villagers participate in a dragon boat rowing race in Fushan village, Jiangxi province on June 19.

Children are bathed in wormwood leaves, traditional plant leaves used to drive away worms during the Dragon Boat Festival, in Zigui county, Hubei province.

The Dragon Boat Festival, also called the Duanwu Festival, is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month according to the Chinese calendar.

For thousands of years, the festival has been marked by eating Zongzi and racing dragon boats.

This year the festival falls on June 23.

 

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