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【Festival】Something about China Dragon Boat Festival
Many foreign friends of mine are interested in our Chinese traditional Dragon Boat Festival, today, GreatTime would like to tell you something about this festival, if you like Chinese culture, do miss this essay.
GreatTime : We will have Dragon Boat festival tomorrow, it’s on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar, on June 18th.
Question: What’s that festival for?
GreatTime : 2000 years ago, there was a great poet and minister named Qu Yuan, he was exiled by the king, he didn’t want to see his country invaded and conquered, so he chose to drown himself in the river. He died on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, so we people decided to commemorate him on that day every year.
Question: Will you have holiday?
GreatTime : We will have long weekends this week. It’s important festival, just like Mid-Autumn festival.
Question: What do you usually do during festival?
GreatTime : Eating Zongzi and Dragon boat racing are the customs of the festival. After Qu Yuan drowned himself, as the legend said, people tried to seek his body everywhere by boat, so the dragon boat racing tradition comes out. In order to stop fish eating his drowned body, people threw rice into the river, so Zongzi comes out. Zongzi is very popular during Dragon Boat festival. It’s a kind of sticky rice dumpling made of glutinous rice filled with meats, beans, and other fillings. Let me show you the picture.
GreatTime : Another interesting customs in Dragon boat festival is dragon boat racing. A dragon boat is simply a human-powered watercraft. But it is made of various designs and sizes. The racing has been held over the past 2000 years all over southern China. Now it is an international sport, starting in 1976. The boat racing team usually has 22 members, including 20 paddlers, 1 drummer at the bow end and 1 member who steers at the rear end of the boat. But team members also change as per the size of the boat, from 10 paddlers in small dragon boats up to 50 paddlers in the traditional boats.