Saturday, 7 June 2008

Dragon Boat Festival

Until this year the Chinese people have had a long holiday for Chinese New Year - but for a number of reasons the Chinese Government has changed things and there is a shorter holiday for that period and more short holiday periods during the year.

This week end it is Dragon Boat Festival. One of the students here sent me this information.

"Tomorrow is Dragon Boat Festival ! Happy Dragon Boat Festival !

It is a Traditional Chinese Festival ,The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is a significant holiday celebrated in China, and the one with the longest history. The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated by boat races in the shape of dragons. Competing teams row their boats forward to a drumbeat racing to reach the finish end first.
The boat races during the Dragon Boat Festival are traditional customs to attempts to rescue the patriotic poet Chu Yuan. Chu Yuan drowned on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month in 277 B.C. Chinese citizens now throw bamboo leaves filled with cooked rice into the water. Therefore the fish could eat the rice rather than the hero poet. This later on turned into the custom of eating tzungtzu and rice dumplings.
The celebration's is a time for protection from evil and disease for the rest of the year. It is done so by different practices such as hanging healthy herbs on the front door, drinking nutritious concoctions, and displaying portraits of evil's nemesis, Chung Kuei. If one manages to stand an egg on it's end at exactly 12:00 noon, the following year will be a lucky one."

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