端午节 / 端午節 (Duānwǔ Jié / Dragon Boat Festival) is a traditional Chinese holiday that commemorates the life and death of the famous scholar 屈原 (Qūyuán). To learn more about the holiday, I watched a few 端午节 / 端午節 YouTube videos in Mandarin Chinese and English. My kids have watched the puppet show, Chinese Dragon Boat race, and cooking videos as well!
Dragon Boat Festival: Brief History
Modern traditions are based on the legend of 屈原, a poet and loyal official in the Chinese court in the state of Chu.
Although he tried to give advice and warning to his emperor, he was banished into exile for suspected treason. As you’ll see in the videos, the details vary depending on the source, but the result was a sad 屈原 who jumped into the Miluo River and died.
People took long boats to the river to rescue 屈原. According to the legend, 粽子 (zòngzi / sticky rice) was thrown into the river in attempt to prevent the fish from eating 屈原‘s body.
Eventually, these events led to the annual Dragon Boat race and the custom of eating 粽子, sticky rice filled with a variety of foods wrapped in leaves.
When is Dragon Boat Festival 端午节 / 端午節?
Each year, the festival occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month according to the Chinese lunisolar calendar.
In 2020, Dragon Boat Festival falls on Thursday, June 25th,
Dragon Boat Festival 端午节 / 端午節: Learning resources
Children and their parents may find the following educational resources helpful:
- YouTube videos about Dragon Boat Festival (This post)
- 7 Children’s Books about Dragon Boat Festival (Chinese and English)
- Felt Chinese Play Food (Dim Sum and Zong Zi)
- Dragon Boat Festival Printable Activities
Dragon Boat Festival YouTube Videos
This post has 9 YouTube Videos about Dragon Boat traditions and customs!
The first 5 videos are bilingual in Mandarin Chinese and English.
For full immersion, the last 4 videos are exclusively in Mandarin Chinese!
Please watch these videos before showing to your children to determine which are the most appropriate for them!
Dragon Boat Festival YouTube Video in English & Chinese
1. The Story of QuYuan: The History Behind the Dragon Boat Festival
This kid-friendly puppet show explains why we eat rice dumplings and have dragon boat races for Dragon Boat Festival. Please note that this video depicts the death of Qu Yuan including a stone attached to his body.
The story is first narrated in English with subtitles. Around the 2:45 minute mark, the story is narrated in Mandarin Chinese with traditional Chinese subtitles.
2. The History Behind Dragon Boat Festival 端午節
This is a quick and clear overview of the Dragon Boat Festival in English!
3. ChineseClass101.com – Chinese Holidays – Dragon Boat Festival – 端午节
A bilingual Chinese teacher explains Dragon Boat Festival in English and Mandarin Chinese. Subtitles are in simplified Chinese and English!
4. Dumplings and Dragon Boats: Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu Festival)
While visiting Taiwan, ChinesePod visits a popular market during Dragon Boat Festival. The video is bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese.
5. Learn Chinese Now – Dragon Boat Festival and Eating Zongzi
This video explains that Dragon Boat Festival is a memorial commemorating 屈原. Most of the video is in English with a few key words spelled out featured with traditional Chinese characters.
Dragon Boat Festival YouTube Videos in Chinese
1. ChineseClass101.com- Dragon Boat Festival YouTube Video
A Chinese teacher explains Dragon Boat Festival in Mandarin Chinese. Subtitles are in simplified Chinese and English!
2. Taoshu & Friends – Dragonboat Festival YouTube Video
Animation mixed with real people explaining the history of Dragon Boat Festival in Mandarin Chinese.
They also show kids making 粽子! Please note that this video has no subtitles.
3. Amanda Tastes – 鲜肉粽子 Pork Zongzi
Instructional cooking video about how to make 鲜肉粽子 Pork Zongzi in Mandarin Chinese. Ingredients are listed in simplified Chinese and English, but otherwise there are no subtitles.
4. Amanda Tastes – 端午节清水白粽子 Plain Zongzi
Instructional cooking video about how to make 端午节清水白粽子 Plain Zongzi (Rice Dumpling) in Mandarin Chinese.
I hope these videos are helpful for teaching your family about Dragon Boat Festival!
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