Photo by Craig Baxter.
Pretending to row a Chinese dragon boat during the Dragon
Boat Festival at Dunedin's Chinese Garden, are (from left)
Madeline Findlay (4), Thomas Meder (9), Nicola Meder, Millie
Meder (5), Hunter Findlay (4) and Alexandria Findlay (9).
They were among hundreds of Dunedin residents at the Dragon
Boat Festival (Duanwu Jie) at the Dunedin Chinese Garden
It is a traditional holiday, commemorating the life of
Chinese scholar Qu Yuan, and is considered one of the most
important Chinese festivals.
The celebration brings families together, to make and eat
zongzi (a traditional festival food consisting of sticky rice
dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves) and race dragon boats.
Other festival activities included a Chinese lion dance
performance, storytelling, a calligraphy class, making dragon
puppets, and egg-standing competitions.
The festival is held in what the Chinese deem an unlucky
month, and it is believed that if you can balance an egg on
its end, it will ensure luck for the coming year.