Dragon Boat Festival and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

As one of the most important traditional Chinese festivals, Dragon Boat Festival (duān wǔ jié) falls on the fifth day of the fifth month on Chinese lunar calendar, which is May 30th this year. With more than 2000 years of history, it enjoys great popularity all over China. Dragon boat racing, eating sticky rice dumplings, hanging wormwood plants, and wearing medicine sachets are all among the cultural activities to celebrate the traditional festival.

One week before Dragon Boat Festival, TIS Chinese Department jointly hosted an event of “Getting to Know TCM and Making TCM Sachets” with professionals from Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Two TCM professional from the university came to our school to introduce basic TCM theory and knowledge to our students. Students had a great opportunity of getting to feel, touch and smell 8 kinds of common herbal medicine. Recognizing the different kinds of medicine through games, the students all enjoyed mixing them together with hands and putting them into bright and beautiful medicine sachets. They also tasted the traditional snack on the special holiday, sticky rice dumplings (zòng zi). The students got to know more about the Dragon Boat Festival and traditional Chinese medicine.
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