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Chinese spouses celebrate Dragon Boat Festival

Chinese spouses celebrate Dragon Boat Festival

On the eve of Sunday's Dragon Boat Festival, the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and various non-government organizations organized a series of activities for Chinese spouses to help them celebrate the traditional festival.

In his opening remarks, SEF Chief Secretary Liao Yun-yuan said that through different activities, the SEF tries to help Chinese spouses married to Taiwanese gain an understanding of Taiwan's way of celebrating the festival and to convey a message of goodwill from the government to the new immigrants.

Chinese spouses and their family members are recipients of the SEF's care services, Liao went on, adding that with the collaboration of non-government organizations, the foundation can provide more active and practical services for new immigrants.

The activities, held in the southern port city of Kaohsiung, attracted more than 600 people, including Chinese spouses and their Taiwanese families, who participated in competitions to make traditional zongzi and "fragrant sachets," according to Li Nan- hsun, an SEF official.

Zongzi are pyramid-shaped cakes of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves and stuffed with savory treats, traditionally eaten during Dragon Boat Festival, while "fragrant sachets" containing special herbs, are used for repelling insects in summer. "The foundation launched the activities, including fairs and workshops, last year with the collaboration of non-government organizations, and so far we have received very positive feedback from the Chinese spouses," said Li.

According to Liao, more than 308,000 marriages between Taiwanese and Chinese had been registered as of the end of April, and National Immigration Agency statistics show that about 260,000 Chinese spouses live in Taiwan.

Updated : 2021-05-13 14:36 GMT+08:00