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Chinese Dragon Boat Festival 端午�
Dragon Boat Festival • In China, this festival is popularly known as Duanwu Festival • This year, the holiday will be celebrated on Thu, 9 June, 2016 • The Dragon Boat Festival is among the three major Chinese holidays (Chinese New Year & Mid-Autumn Festival)
History • Commemorates the death of the poet and minister Qu Yuan (340– 278 BC) of the ancient state of Chu, who committed suicide by drowning himself in the Mi. Luo River. • Today, these exciting races were inspired by the villager's valiant attempts to rescue Qu Yuan from the Mi. Luo river
Activities • Three of the most widespread activities for Duanwu Festival are : – eating (and preparing) zongzi – drinking realgar wine – racing dragon boats.
Dragon Boat Racing • Competing teams drive their colorful dragon boats forward to the rhythm of beating drums. • Races can have any number of boats competing, with the winner being the first team to grab a flag at the end of the course • The dragon boats are brightly painted and decorated canoes ranging from 40 – 100 feet long.
Dragon Boat Race
Zongzi • Traditional food for the Dragon Boat Festival • This tasty dish consists of rice dumplings filled with sweetened bean paste, dates, meat, peanut, eggs, beans, or a combination of both. • They are generally steamed and wrapped in bamboo leaves.
Origin of zongzi. • When minister Qu Yuan ’s body could not be found, people dropped balls of sticky rice into the river so that the fish would eat them instead of Qu Yuan's body.
Other activities… • Hanging up icons of Zhong Kui (a mythic guardian figure) • Hanging mugwort and calamus • Taking long walks • Wearing perfumed medicine bags
Thu, June 9, 2016