The 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar each year is the Dragon Boat Festival, a traditional Chinese festival with a long history, as well as colorful customs and traditions. The Six Arts Museum prepared a variety of fun and interesting cultural activities for its members to enjoy during this year's Dragon Boat Festival holiday.
In the Yangtze River Delta area, during the Dragon Boat Festival people particularly enjoy eating savory meat zongzi dumplings. Six Arts DIY Handicrafts instructor Yanzi prepared the ingredients for meat zongzi dumplings and patiently guided everyone in making them during the holiday. With the help of their parents, the participating children demonstrated exceptional dumpling making skills.
The Dragon Boat Festival also has a custom exclusively for children. It involves drawing the Chinese character '王' (meaning 'king') on their foreheads using realgar powder. This is done to ward off evil spirits with the power of realgar and to protect them from harmful influences with the image of a fierce tiger. Under the guidance of Teacher Yanzi, the children lined up to have the character drawn on their foreheads one by one.
In addition to eating zongzi dumplings and getting face paintings, dragon boat racing is also an important custom of the Dragon Boat Festival. At Six Arts, the participating children were divided into two teams. Wearing dragon boat props, they started the dragon boat race and competed for the championship.
After the dragon boat race, everyone enthusiastically started the next activity, which involved making sachets and door hangings using the materials obtained from the race. Artemisia (wormwood) reportedly has the effect of warding off evil spirits and repelling mosquitoes and insects. Making sachets and door hangings with Artemisia (wormwood) is both aesthetically pleasing and practical.
After an afternoon of exciting Six Arts members' Dragon Boat Festival activities, the children not only gained a fabulous bonding experience with their parents, but also experienced first hand the rich customs of a traditional Chinese festival, and felt the charm of traditional culture. Let us all look forward to the next even more exciting Six Arts members activities.