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Nations & Customs
Dragon Boat Festival Customs 10

Sichuan Province

In Shizhu County in east Chongqing, four people work as a group and use two bamboo poles to carry a big square desk covered with a red carpet. On that carpet sits a bamboo-made Taoist priest riding a tiger. The sound of gongs and drums accompany these four people as they march in the street. In the olden days in West Sichuan Province, especially in Chengdu, people first bought plums and then went to the Southeast Gate Tower. On the tower, people sat both high on the tower and down below and threw the plums at each other. This activity has always attracted tens of thousands of spectators. However, in the 21st year of the reign of Qing Emperor Guangxu (1895), this activity created a conflict between the local people and foreign priests and was abandoned. In Leshan and Xinjin, big trade fairs are held during the dragon boat races, while in some parts of Mianyang and Suining, the custom on the Dragon Boat Festival is to eat steamed dumplings, a food similar to dumplings but these are wrapped with steamed powder skin.

 

 
   
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