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Beijing Stages Poetry Reading to Celebrate Dragon Boat Festival

Date:2017-6-1 9:16:00    Views:
Participants appreciate and analyze poems at the activity.

The Beijing Women's Federation staged a special reading activity to mark the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu, in Beijing on May 23.
The traditional festival is celebrated annually on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese Lunar calendar, and this year falls on May 30.
As one of the country's four traditional festivals including Spring Festival, Tomb-Sweeping Day, Mid-Autumn Festival, Dragon Boat Festival features a prominent humanistic element, said staff at the gathering.
Led by literature professors, participants came together to appreciate and analyze poems featuring traditions and rituals surrounding the festival.
In the modern age, many ancient customs have long since died out. But a few those related to the festival, such as the making of scented sachets stringed with five-color silk thread, to ward off evil and give good luck, have still been kept alive.
After giving readings of several famous verses, crafts experts made an introduction to the techniques of making Dragon Boat sachets, or xiang nang.
The activity was attended by representatives of the National March 8th Red-Banner Holders and Beijing Municipal March 8th Red-Banner Holders as well as netizens from the ACWF's media platforms.

A woman learns to make a Dragon Boat sachet from a senior citizen.

Attendees show their hand-made crafts at the event.
(Source: Women of China)

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