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How foreigners celebrate Dragon Boat Festival

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-06-16 09:11
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PeterN (Expat in China)

For me, the most interesting aspect of the festival is the physical component -- the fact that people train and work so hard to perform well in the boats. This component takes us back I think to our early days (in any culture, I think) where we had to face nature to survive. I also like the competitive spirit shown by the racers. I enjoy the costumes and appearance generally of the racers and boats.

Zongzi, I think, are delicious and there is something very natural about their being wrapped in leaves. Finally, I get the sense that this festival is the most fun for Chinese people, the best chance to go back culturally and in nature and time. This festival should spread globally to wherever there is a body of water.

Fragrant sachets showcased in Suzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, on May 22, 2017. [Photo/VCG]
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