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Chinese Duanwu Festival, also known as Dragon Boat Festival, of 2013 falls on June 12. It is one of great significance and has been held annually more than 2,000 years in China. The Festival commemorates the patriotic poet Chu-yuan (340-278 BC), and acts as a chance for Chinese people to build their bodies and dispel diseases. They wear sachets filled with powder of realgar, argyi, calamus or album, which are tied with five-color silk thread, or hang mugwort leaves and calamus on the top of their doors to protect themselves from evils and diseases.

In response to the “Acupuncture and Moxibustion” exhibition on view in the Chinese Medicine gallery of Human Cultures Hall, the National Museum of Natural Science presents this sachet making activity to let families have the opportunity of exploring our interesting traditional festival.

  • Date & Time: June 1 & 2; 10am-11:40am & 4pm-3:40pm
  • Lecturer: Ms. Chen Chin-lian
  • Participant number: 30 × 2
  • Venue: 2nd Science Classroom
  • Cost: free; first come, first served
  • Registration: Information Desk, Human Cultures Hall