Row, row, row your boat...

Photo by Craig Baxter.
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 yesterday.

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.



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