Intl students celebrate Dragon Boat Festival
Updated: 2017-06-12


An overseas student from Shanghai Jiao Tong University learns how to make zongzi, a traditional snack enjoyed by Chinese people to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. Zongzi is a kind of glutinous rice dumpling with different fillings wrapped in bamboo leaves. [Photo provided to]

Shanghai Jiao Tong University held a cultural experience activity for international students on May 31, to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu.

Organized by the school of electronic information and electrical engineering, the activity gained active participation of students from various countries.

Chinese students at the activity briefed their overseas partners on the origin and customs of the festival, and taught them how to make zongzi, a seasonal specialty made of glutinous rice and other fillings wrapped in bamboo leaves.

Though for most of the overseas students it was their first time making zongzi, they were eager to get stuck in, from folding the bamboo leaves into pyramid shapes—the most crucial and challenging step—to adding the fillings and wrapping it all up.

The students enjoyed the hands-on experiences, and spoke highly of the delicious Duanwu specialty.


An overseas student shows his hand-made zongzi, the glutinous rice dumpling stuffed with fillings like dates and red beans. [Photo provided to]

At the end of the activity, each of them was presented with a certificate and was awarded the title of "Chinese Culture Expert".

The activity was part of the university's Chinese culture experience event series "Touch China", aiming to enrich the students' understanding of Chinese festivals and offering them more first-hand experiences of the country and its culture.

Duanwu Festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month in Chinese lunar calendar, falling on May 30 this year.


Overseas students pose with their certificate of participation. They were also awarded the title of "Chinese Culture Expert" after completing the activity. [Photo provided to]

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