Dragon Boat Festival (Duānwǔjié 端午节)|Duānwǔjié 端午节 (Dragon Boat Festival)
Dragon boat racing is a centerpiece of the Duanwujie, one of China’s most important festivals. Different villages and businesses send their teams to compete. When signal to start is given, each team paddles its individually designed dragon boat as hard as it can while its leader beats a drum rhythmically to coordinate their efforts. Cheers from onlookers on the bank add to the excitement. PHOTO BY PAUL AND BERNICE NOLL.