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Dragon Boat festival and Dragon New Year

Duan Wu or Dragon Boat Festival is held on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar and falls generally in June of each year. To help you celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival with your children at home or at school, CI for TCM has commissioned a fun set of crafts and games, which are free* for all to download and use at home or at school.

The Dragon Boat Festival – An Introduction

Held originally in China and now celebrated all over the world, the festival sees sixty or more rowers race in long and narrow boats, shaped like dragons, accompanied by gongs and flags. The festival is believed to have originated to celebrate the memory of a statesman and poet called Qu Yuan, who fell in a river and died. The dragons are sailed to scare away the fish from his body and the rowers set out across the river, each aiming
the be the first one to reach the spot of the tragedy and to honour the spirit of the unfortunate courtier. Farmers did also celebrate dragons in the hope they would send down sufficient rain for the crops. On this day it is custom to eat rice dumplings, called Zongzi.

To find out more about the Dragon Boat Festival, you can also download Chen’s Festival poster and listen to the Dragon Boat Festival story on our story corner.

Dragon Boats Drawing to colour in.
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Print out the A4 drawing and let your children colour it.

Dragon Crown
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Print out the A4 drawing on paper or thin cardboard and assemble this beautiful dragon crown. You just need coloured pencils or drawing pens, a pair of scissors and some glue.

Dragon Puppet
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Print out the A4 drawing on paper or thin cardboard. You just need a pair of scissors and some glue. You can also attach your dragon to two straws and create a beautiful shadow puppet!

Dragon Quartet Game
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Print the two A4 pages and cut out the cards. Ensure that the paper you use is thick enough so that the drawings cannot be seen against the light. Distribute the cards amongst the players. Each player's aim is to collect all four cards relating to one of the five element dragons (earth, water, wood, fire and metal), the dragon boat or the poet and Mandarin Qu Yuan, in whose honour the festival was created. The player with more quartets, wins.

Dragon Memory Cards Game
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Print the two A4 pages and cut out the cards. Place the cards face down on the table. Players take turns and each chooses and reveals two cards. If the cards are the same he collects them, if not he turns them face down again. The player with more cards, wins.

Dragon Jigsaw
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Print out the A4 drawing on paper or thin cardboard. You just need a pair of scissors to cut out the squares.

Dragon Pop Up
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Follow the instructions below carefully. Fold the paper and cut along the red line and create a pop-up card to wish Happy Dragon Boat festival! You just need a pair of scissors.
Download the instructions as a PDF

* These crafts were created by Chiara Bigatti for the Confucius Institute for TCM. Please note that you can download these drawings and designs (or part of them) freely as long as the purpose is not commercial or for profit. If in doubt, please contact the CI for TCM at London South Bank University or the author.

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