With over 5000 years of civilization history, the Chinese culture has many stories to tell. One such story is the Dragon Boat Festival.
Dragon Boat Festival (Chinese: 端午节duān wǔ jié] is a traditional Chinese festival that originated over 2,000 years ago. The festival is held on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. The origin of dragon boat racing emerged during the Warring States Period (402-221BC). The festival is associated with the great poet Qu Yuan, who got drowned in the Miluo River. Legend is that when Qu Yuan drowned in the river, many fishermen sailed their boats trying to find his body. Since then, locals participate in dragon boat racing to honour him every year.
On 22nd June 2023, the Directors, Staff, and students at the Confucius Institute at the University of Cape Coast marked the day with cultural activities. Students had the opportunity to experience dragon boat festival stories, eat “Zongzi” (Also known as sticky rice dumplings); the most important food of the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, and send Dragon Festival Wishes.