For the non-racers in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and diaspora communities worldwide, the real highlight of the holiday is the special foods and drinks associated with it.
The most iconic of these is a sticky rice dumpling known as zòng zi. They are considered as a symbol of luck, as the pronunciation of zong is very similar to the pronunciation of zhong (中). This character has a positive connotation, often used in words such as 中奖 zhòng jiǎng (winning a prize),科举高中 kē jǔ gāo zhòng (scoring high on an exam).
Boiled or steamed inside a sheath of bamboo or lotus leaves, they're known and enjoyed in all corners of the Chinese-speaking world.
Local variations on the filling, however, can lead to bitter debates. Zongzi in northern China are filled with sweet red bean paste or taro, while the southern variety containing cured pork belly, sausage, mushrooms and other savories.
Taiwanese varieties feature the likes of salted eggs, peanuts, chestnuts and squid.
In recent years, the fashion has been for luxe varieties , some of which can be extremely expensive.