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Dragon Boat Festival  (2011-05-13 11:48)

端午节 (Duānwǔ jié) Dragon Boat Festival (Intermediate)

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端午节 (Duānwǔ jié) :  the Dragon Boat Festival
粽子 (zòngzi): traditional Chinese rice-dumplings
赛龙舟 (sài lóngzhōu): boat racing

The fifth of May of lunar calendar is Dragon Boat Festival. There are many legends about this traditional Festival and the most popular one is “屈原 (Qū Yuán) QuYuan,” who was a Chinese scholar and minister to the King of State of Chu during the Warring States period. He was famous for his loyalty to the state.
It is said that on the fifth of May of lunar calendar, “屈原 (Qū Yuán) QuYuan,” who was banished by the king, killed himself by jumping into the MiLuo River. After his death, one of his townsmen had a dream. He dreamed that”屈原 (Qū Yuán) QuYuan” was thinner than before. So he and his villagers made “粽子 (zòngzi)” by wrapping glutinous rice with reed or bamboo leaves. Then they loaded the “粽子 (zòngzi)” on dragon boat and dropped them into the river. Because dragon is in charge of...

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