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Dragon Boat Festival Holiday Notice

Selena Lin www.mvteamcctv.com 2016-06-08 15:25:48
Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is coming. Companies will have a 3-day holiday from 9th June to 11th June, so as MVTEAM.

The Dragon Boat Festival or Duanwu Festival is marked by eating zong zi (glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or Indocalamus leaves), drinking realgar wine and racing dragon boats.

There are several stories of the history of Dragon boat festival. But the most popular one is about Qu Yuan.
The story best known in modern China holds that the festival commemorates the death of the poet and minister Qu Yuan (c. 340–278 BC) of the ancient state of Chu during the Warring States period of the Zhou Dynasty. A cadet member of the Chu royal house, Qu served in high offices. However, when the king decided to ally with the increasingly powerful state of Qin, Qu was banished for opposing the alliance and even accused of treason. During his exile, Qu Yuan wrote a great deal of poetry. Twenty-eight years later, Qin captured Ying, the Chu capital. In despair, Qu Yuan committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River.

It is said that the local people, who admired him, raced out in their boats to save him or at least retrieve his body. This is said to have been the origin of dragon boat races. When his body could not be found, they dropped balls of sticky rice into the river so that the fish would eat them instead of Qu Yuan's body. This is said to be the origin of zongzi.

Dragon Boat Festival Holiday Notice
Dragon Boat Festival Holiday Notice

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