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Dragon Boat Festival Customs 3

Wearing Incense Bags


Many contagious diseases and plagues were said to originate during the fifth lunar month. Chinese people, especially children, made incense bags and hung them on their necks to avoid catching contagious diseases and to keep evil spirits away. Incense bags are made from a variety of sewn bags and include the powders of Acorus, Artemisia, and Realgar, and other fragrant items.

 
   
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