Dragon boat festival celebrations begin in China
By Wang Kailin

2017-05-28 14:48 GMT+8

This year's Dragon Boat Festival falls on Tuesday, and the public holiday starts today, as people across the country are celebrating the 2,500 years old festival. 

It's called Duan Wu in Chinese, and commemorates Qu Yuan, a loyal minister and poet who lived during the Warring States period of ancient China. 

The festival is defined by its symbols meant to drive away bad luck, with celebrations varying across the country. 

Some choose to race dragon boats while others stay on dry land to eat rice dumplings or Zong Zi and enjoy cups of Chinese cereal wine. People also wear colorful braided bracelets.