Linyi in pics: perfume pouches for Duanwu

Women make perfume pouches to welcome the upcoming festival in Yinan county of Linyi city, east China's Shandong province.

The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Duanwu Festival, is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar. It will fall on June 25 this year. For thousands of years, it has been a Duanwu tradition to eatzongzi(glutinous rice wrapped in a pyramid shape using bamboo or reed leaves) and race dragon boats.

In Linyi, people like to sew little bags with the colorful silk, then fill the bags with perfumes or herbal medicines, and finally string them with silk threads. Traditionally, parents fill perfume bags with perfume or herbal medicine to protect the children from illness during Dragon Boat Festival.