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Contributor: PR Newswire Asia (China)
Thursday, June 01 2017 - 23:00
Huangling Celebrates Dragon Boat Festival with Ancient Huizhou Customs
HUANGLING, China, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Hailed as China's most beautiful countryside, Huangling celebrated the 
country's Dragon Boat Festival with a series of unique Huizhou traditional 
performances to honor the region's culture, history and folk customs.

To present a comprehensive, unique Dragon Boat Festival experience to visitors, 
the people of Huangling organized events such as drawing the character wang (or 
"king") on children's foreheads with realgar wine to exorcise evil spirits, 
sewing silk scent bags filled with garlic and mugwort to repel diseases, and 
performing the ancient Hui-style tiao zhong kui dance for good blessings.

The Dragon Boat Festival, or Duanwu Festival, came about as a way to 
commemorate the life and death of poet Qu Yuan (340-278 BC), a loyal minister 
in the ancient state of Chu who committed ritual suicide in protest of the 
corruption of the era. The festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth month 
on the lunar calendar.

The Dragon Boat Festival is also called the 'Health Festival' in Huizhou region 
because locals would incorporate rituals to drive away the plagues and diseases 
that normally arrive with the humid summer weather. Every local household 
places mugwort on their door and hang strings of garlic under their roof while 
sprinkling realgar wine in damp corners to kill germs; it's an ancient 
tradition that is meant to bring about health and prosperity.

The locals would also burn strong-scented pine cones and sweet gum fruits 
picked from the mountains to repel mosquitoes and bugs.

In most places across China, zongzi, or sticky rice wrapped in bamboo leaves, 
is the staple dish for the holiday. But in Huangling, locals get together with 
family members to prepare qigao, an airy and fluffy steamed rice cake served 
with savory toppings like shrimp, pork and bean curd sheets.

"The town's rich history and cultural heritage are treasures passed on from one 
generation to another; to visitors from urban areas they are reminiscent of a 
bygone era," said Cao Jinzhong, executive vice president of Wuyuan Rural 
Culture Development Co., Ltd.

About Huangling

Located in Wuyuan County, Jiangxi Province, China, the quaint and elegant 
village, Huangling, has preserved and maintained its ancient Hui-style 
architecture and offers an authentic Chinese countryside travel experience. The 
unique view of shaiqiu can only be found in Huangling, where baskets of 
colorful harvest bask in the sunshine.

SOURCE: Wuyuan Rural Culture Development Co., Ltd.