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This Is How Pandas Celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival (Images)

"Aha! Propelling the boat is not hard at all! Wait, did you say I shouldn't stir the oar inside the boat?" (Image: Weibo)
"Aha! Propelling the boat is not hard at all! Wait, did you say I shouldn't stir the oar inside the boat?" (Image: Weibo)

The Dragon Boat Festival (also known as “Duan Wu Festival”) originated in China over 2,000 years ago during the Warring States period to commemorate the patriotic poet Qu Yuan.

It’s an important holiday celebration to Chinese people, and nowadays, not just Chinese people celebrate it, so do pandas.

During the Dragon Boat Festival this year, the Yunnan Zoo prepared fresh bamboo, delicious steam buns, and a mini dragon boat for the two chubby guys below, He Xin and Nan Nan, to celebrate. As you can imagine, He Xin and Nan Nan enjoyed the food very much, and had a great time playing with their dragon boat.

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“Look! Who is that over there?” (Image: Weibo)

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“I like bamboo! Yum, tasty!” (Image: Weibo)

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“I can’t believe I have finished all the food! You know what? My paw tastes like steam buns!” (Image: Weibo)

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“Would you like some bamboo, Mr. Dragon?” (Image: Weibo)

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“I miss steam buns already.” (Image: Weibo)

If I were a panda, I would like to add sticky rice dumplings to my menu, since they are a feature of the Duan Wu Festival, and taste wonderful! 

Inside the dumplings wrapped in leaves, there’s usually a combination of pork, shrimp, mushrooms, read beans, chestnuts, etc. But maybe if I were really a panda, I would stick to bamboo. Who knows? 

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