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Dragon boat festival

Dragon Boat Festival introduction by Karen from Reede

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Dragon boat festival

  1. 1. Dragon Boat Festival Karen from REEDE
  2. 2. The Dragon Boat Festival, the 5th day of the 5th month in the Chinese lunar calendar, has had a history of more than 2,000 years. It is usually in June in the Solar calendar. Today, Dragon Boat Festival in the Chinese people is still a very popular grand festival. Country attaches great importance to the protection of intangible cultural heritage, May 20, 2006, the State Council approved the inclusion of the folk first batch of national intangible cultural heritage. Karen from REEDE
  3. 3. There are many legends about the evolution of the festival, the most popular of which is in commemoration of Qu Yuan (340- 278 BC). After his death, the people of Chu crowded to the bank of the river to pay their respects to him. People threw into the water zongzi and eggs to divert possible fish or shrimp from attacking his body. Karen from REEDE
  4. 4. The origins of Dragon Boat Festival Qu Yuan, a famous poet, served as minister to the Zhou Emperor. A wise and articulate man, he was loved by the common people. He did much to fight against the rampant corruption that plagued the court-- thereby earning the envy and fear of other officials. Therefore, when he urged the emperor to avoid conflict with the Qin Kingdom, the officials pressuredthe Emperor to have him removed from service. In exile, he traveled, taught and wrote for several years. Hearing that the Zhou had been defeated by the Qin, he fell into despair and threw himself into the Milou River on the fifth day of the fifth month. People were sad over the patriotic poet's death. They tossed rice and meat into the river to feed the fish, which would protect Qu's body. Karen from REEDE
  5. 5. The customs vary a lot in different areas of the country, but most of the families would do like that. 1.Hanging Pictures of Zhong Kui 2.Hanging Calamus and Moxa 3.Dragon Boat Race 4.The Culture of Zongzi 5.Spice Bag 6.Realgar Wine 独 写 菖 蒲 竹 叶 杯 , 蓬 城 芳 草 踏 初 回 。 情 知 不 向 瓯 江 死 , 舟 楫 何 劳 吊 屈 来 。 Karen from REEDE
  6. 6. 1.Hanging Pictures of Zhong kui Karen from REEDE
  7. 7. 2.Hanging Calamus and Moxa to ward off evil Karen from REEDE
  8. 8. 3.Dragon Boat Race• An indispensable part of the festival, held all over the country. • people will see racers in dragon- shaped canoes pulling the oars harmoniously and hurriedly, accompanied by rapid drums, speeding toward their destination. • Folk tales say the game originates from the activities of seeking Qu Yuan‘s body. • Dragon boat racing is a semi- religious, semi-entertaining program from the Warring States Period (475-221 BC). Karen from REEDE
  9. 9. 4.The Culture of Zongzi• An essential food of the Dragon Boat Festival. • It is said that people ate them in the Spring and Autumn Period (770- 476 BC). • Now the fillings are more diversified, including jujube and bean paste, fresh meat, and ham and egg yolk. • People will soak glutinous rice, wash reed leaves and wrap up zongzi themselves. • The custom of eating zongzi is now popular in North and South Korea, Japan and Southeast Asian nations. Karen from REEDE
  10. 10. The kinds of rice dumplings Karen from REEDE
  11. 11. 5.Spice Bag• Carry the small spice bag around with you, it not only drives away evil spirits but also brings fortune and happiness to those who wear it. • The small bags are hand- made by local craftsmen. • They're made with red, yellow, green and blue silk, fine satin or cotton. Figures of animals, flowers and fruits are often embroidered onto the bags and inside are mixed Chinese herbal medicines. Karen from REEDE
  12. 12. 6.Realgar Wine • It is a very popular practice to drink this kind of Chinese liquor seasoned with realgar at the Dragon Boat Festival. • This is for protection from evil and disease for the rest of the year. • In on word, all of the activities are to protect themselves from evil and honor the poet Qu Yuan.Karen from REEDE
  13. 13. Once upon a time on E-Mei mountain there lived two snake spirits, White Snake and Green Snake. These snakes, being magical, turned themselves into beautiful maidens and set off on a journey to the West Lake of Hang Zhou. When they arrived at West Lake they met a man named Xu Xian. White Snake fell in love with Xu Xian and they were soon married. A Buddhist monk, named Fa Hai, warned Xu Xian of his wifes deceptive appearance and suggested to him a plan. On the day of the Dragon Boat Festival White Snake wished to stay home .Her husband prepared, according to Fa Hais instruction, some realgar wine, as this was a tradition during the Dragon boat festival. White Snake, thinking her magic would protect her from the effects of the realgar wine accepted a cup. After she drank the wine she became very ill and was barely able to get to her bed. Another interesting story White Snake and Xu Xian Karen from REEDE
  14. 14. When her husband came to her side, he found not his wife but a huge white snake. So great was Xu Xians shock that he fell to the floor dead. After recovering from the realgar wine and regaining her human form, White Snake was grief-stricken to find her husband dead. She loved her husband so much , so she set off on a journey to obtain a potent medicinal herb, which could revive her husband. At last ,she succeeded. Karen from REEDE
  15. 15. For more information, please go to http://english.cntv.cn/special/may5festival/homepage/index.shtml Thank you! Karen from REEDE

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