Dragon Boat Festival, Duanwu Festival, Dumpling Festival – beyond these familiar variations, did you know that the festival was also known as Health Festival? Duanwu was traditionally regarded as an evil month because many people tended to fall sick during the summer solstice, which was the hottest period of the year. To ward off evil spirits, the ancient Chinese ate nutritious rice dumplings, and kept fit by participating in dragon boat races!
To encourage more Singaporeans to engage with Chinese Singaporean culture, the Centre has specially created Bak Chang Hunt – an interactive online mini-game where users can learn more about the well-loved festival in a fun and entertaining way.
Set against the Singapore River, Bak Chang Hunt transports users into the thick of dragon boat races, through a panoramic view. Users have to find all 12 hidden ‘changs’ within 30 seconds, and along the way, uncover facts about the festival. Participants will have the chance to enjoy a 5% discount from Kim Choo Kueh Chang (limited to the first 100 redemptions).
Aside from the mini game, the Centre will be launching two videos on the heritage of Duanwu Festival. From the process of making a rice dumpling, to the myths surrounding the festival, viewers can glean insights on how the festival is celebrated by the Chinese Singaporean community today.
For more information about the visit the SCCC website here