The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival Guide

the other two are the Autumn Moon Festival 中秋節 and Chinese New Year 中國新年.

The legend story

In commemoration of the death of a minister and poet named Qu Yuan, he was exiled by the King and drowned himself in a river. The locals rushed out in boats trying to rescue him, however, it was too late, they could not find Qu Yuan in the end, so they dropped sticky rice dumplings (zongzi) into the river to keep the fish from eating Qu Yuan’s body. That’s why every year on this day Chinese people race dragon boats and eat zongzi to commemorate Qu Yuan.


The celebration

  • Eating Zongzi
    It is flavored sticky rice wrapped in bamboo leaves, flavor can be very different in different regions of China. Normally you will find the sweet zongzi in Northern China, because they put jujube or azuki beans inside the rice. But in Southern China, people prefer meat and mushroom inside. Which flavor do you like the most? Do you know where to buy Zongzi in Budapest's Chinatown?
    You can find it in Chinatown Terasz and many other restaurants, supermarket in Chinatown! Follow Chinatown Budapest to get more information :)

  • Dragon boat race
    It is one of the most important events of the Dragon Boat Festival. The teams of the competition row their colorful dragon boats with the sound of drums. This activity was inspired by the people who were rowing boats in the river to save Qu Yuan, and this tradition has been maintained for centuries.

  • Carry Chinese fragrant sachets and Hanging Chinese herbs
    We believed that if you carry the fragrant sachet with you, it will drive away evil spirits and also brings fortune and happiness. The small bags are designed in many different colors and styles, and fill in mixed Chinese herbal medicines. We also hang healthy herbs on the front door and stand an egg at exactly 12:00 noon. We believed that if you manage to stand an egg at exactly 12:00 noon, the following year will be lucky all year long.


Here are products for Dragon Boat Festival:



  • If you prefer to try out the festive food “zongzi” at #ChinatownTerasz, you can find both the savory and sweet flavor at Stand 1 and Stand 9. Available until the end of Dragon Boat Festival (5th June).

    The savory zongzi always contains belly pork and peanuts (or chestnut), and the sweet edition always contains Chinese dates or adzuki beans.

  • Which stand in Chinatown Terasz can eat Zongzi?


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