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  • Writer's pictureLeah Taylor Roy

The Dragon Boat Festival: A Vibrant Chinese Tradition in Canada

Updated: Aug 1, 2023

The Dragon Boat Festival is a time for families to come together and celebrate the traditions of their ancestors. - Justin Trudeau

The origin of the festival is rooted in the legend of Qu Yuan, a famous Chinese scholar and poet who lived during the Warring States period (475-221 BC). The festival is held on the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese lunisolar calendar, which usually falls in late May or early June on the Gregorian calendar.

The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival, is a traditional Chinese holiday that has been celebrated for over 2,000 years.

In Canada, the community usually commemorates the festival through dragon boat races and eating Zongzi, a form of rice dumplings covered by bamboo leaves. This is an opportunity to reach out to your local Chinese community and celebrate the rich history of Chinese Canadians who continue to enrich and make our country the diverse and inclusive society it is today.

From my family and my team, we wish you a safe and healthy DragonBoat Festival.


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