Celebrating dragon boat festival with dear asia london

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About Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival (端午节), is a traditional Chinese festival with over 2,000 years of history. It is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, typically in June.

The festival has a rich cultural significance, with its origins often attributed to the legend of Qu Yuan, a revered Chinese poet and statesman who lived during the Warring States period. According to legend, Qu Yuan drowned himself in the Miluo River out of despair for his country’s decline. To honor him, locals raced in boats and threw rice dumplings into the river to protect his body from fish, forming the basis for the festival’s traditions.

In China, the Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated with vibrant dragon boat races, where teams paddle in large dragon-shaped boats to the beat of drummers, and crowds cheer from the shores. Eating zongzi (粽子), rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves with various fillings like sweet red bean paste or pork, is also a central part of the celebration. Additionally, traditional practices like hanging wormwood and calamus are believed to ward off evil spirits.

Globally, the Dragon Boat Festival has gained popularity in countries with large Chinese communities. In Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Singapore, dragon boat races are major attractions. In the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, dragon boat festivals are community events, drawing participants from diverse backgrounds. These celebrations promote teamwork, cultural heritage, and community spirit, making the Dragon Boat Festival a vibrant and meaningful tradition worldwide.

“Celebrating Dragon Boat Festival is a wonderful way to connect with Asian cultures.”

“Dear Asia is the only place in London to offer our team the perfect cultural experience for celebrating The Dragon boat Festival.”

Book a bespoke workshop

Welcome to our Dragon Boat Festival workshops, where you can experience traditional customs through a mix of tasting and crafting activities.

The workshop features a tasting experience with a variety of zongzi (粽子), the rice dumplings associated with the Dragon Boat Festival. You’ll get to sample both sweet and savory zongzi, with fillings like red bean paste, dates, pork, and mushrooms. Complementing the zongzi, we also offer a selection of traditional Chinese teas, enhancing the festival experience.

Beyond the tasting, we invite you to craft your own perfume patch (香囊), a traditional sachet filled with fragrant herbs and spices. These perfume patches are commonly made during the Dragon Boat Festival to ward off evil spirits and insects. You can choose from various scents, such as lavender, mint, or cloves, and create a personalized keepsake.

Our experienced instructors will guide you through each step, providing insights into the Dragon Boat Festival’s history and significance. Join us for a workshop that combines the flavors of zongzi, the soothing aroma of traditional teas, and the creativity of crafting a unique perfume patch. It’s a delightful way to engage with this vibrant festival and learn about its cultural roots.

Our client reviews

Read reviews from our clients to see how our cultural workshops have made a positive impact on workplace cultural diversity.

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What a fantastic event. I have had several colleagues approach me to tell that it was their favorite event they’ve been to!
Philippa Bradbury
Mayer Brown
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Everyone at the event gave the most positive feedback about the session and are dying to have you guys come back for other events.
Nicole Chan
Just Eat
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I’m very pleased with how the workshop turned out. Everyone loved the mooncakes and tea, and had a fantastic time. Thanks for the quiz prizes as well.
Isabela Gomes
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We’ve invited Dear Asia to run events for our teams two years in a row, and they’ve been fantastic each time. We definitely recommend them.
Shahir Ahmed
Universal Pictures

Our Festive Celebration Events

Keep an eye on our calendar, and you’ll find that we have festival celebrations throughout the year, bringing you a taste of Asian culture and heritage.

  • dragon boat festival punch making workshop

    June 10


    Dragon Boat Festival Perfume Pouches Making Workshop

    • DA Aldgate Centre
    • June 10 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm BST
  • August 7


    Qixi Chinese Valentine’s Day Embroidery Handkerchief Workshop

    • DA Aldgate Centre
    • August 7 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm BST

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Bespoke cultural workshops for companies

Explore our range of workshops on Asian cultures, perfect for your next team-building event or cultural learning session at work.

Luna New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year, known as the Spring Festival in China, Seollal in Korea, and Oshogatsu in Japan, is a cherished occasion in the hearts of Asian communities around the globe. To mark this special event, the Dear Asia team is delighted to offer office decoration services and prepare traditional Lunar New Year delicacies and customs for your celebration. Among our popular team activities during this festive period is our Dumpling Making Party. We recommend booking early, as our schedule tends to fill up quickly during the two weeks of Lunar New Year.

Best of Asia Tea Tasting

Our tea tasting workshop is an ideal way to enrich your team’s understanding of Asian tea culture and the associated way of life. In contrast to coffee, tea holds a significant place in Asian culture, with its renowned tea-serving ceremonies and communal tea-drinking practices that foster sharing, communication, mindfulness, and a sense of connection. By booking this unique workshop, you can introduce your team to the Asian lifestyle and encourage them to appreciate different cultures. It’s a fantastic opportunity to promote cultural awareness and enhance team bonding through the art of tea.

Best of Asia Zen Crafting

Our Asian Zen crafting workshop is thoughtfully crafted to offer a serene experience that fosters a connection with the rich arts and crafts of Asian heritage. Through engaging in these gentle crafting activities, we aim to inspire a deeper appreciation for Asian aesthetics while providing a serene space for individuals to find tranquility in the creative process. The workshop covers a range of practices, including Japanese origami, Chinese calligraphy, and Korean embroidery, promoting not only inner peace but also the creation of beautiful, meaningful art, resulting in a profound sense of accomplishment with each creation.

Moon Festival Celebration

Commemorating the full moon in the middle of the lunar year, the Moon Festival is known as the Mid-Autumn Festival in China, Chuseok in Korea, and Tsukimi in Japan. For teams in London, we are thrilled to offer our signature Moon Festival celebration, featuring an array of special treats, pairing teas, and engaging games. At this workshop, you will have the opportunity to delve into the rich traditions of three distinct Asian cultures, discovering the significance and customs surrounding this special day. It’s a unique chance to explore the diverse ways in which China, Korea, and Japan celebrate the full moon festival.

Best of Asia Drink Tasting

Our “Best of Asia” drink tasting workshop presents a delightful opportunity to acquaint your team with a variety of unique drinks and exotic flavors. We’re excited to share with you a carefully curated selection of beverages from various regions of Asia, each boasting its distinct taste profiles and potential mixing options. During this engaging workshop, we not only explore these intriguing flavors but also delve into the rich tapestry of Asian drinking culture. Your team will gain insights into the customs, traditions, and even fun drinking games that are integral to these cultures.

Best of Asia Food Crawl

Asian street food’s irresistible blend of flavors and affordability has made it a global favorite among food lovers of all backgrounds. Our food crawl adventure will transport your team to the lively heart of London’s Chinatown in the West End. From an engaging cultural discussion about the history of Asian cuisines in the UK to uncovering hidden culinary gems known only to locals, this walking tour promises to immerse you in the local knowledge. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to savor 4 to 6 different street food tastings, making it a flavorful and unforgettable experience.

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