4. Dragon Boat Festival

This is a festival I particularly enjoyed because I was a part of the “cheering committee” of our school team at Fudan University in Shanghai. The Dragon Boat Festival commemorates Qu Yuan, a former state minister and one of China’s poets. The reasons why people eat zongzi (pyramid-shaped glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in reed or bamboo leaves) and drink realgar wine during this festival is connected to the sad fate of Qu Yuan.