June 6, 2012

Dragon Boat Festival

 The Dragon Boat Festival is indeed one of China’s famous festivals that takes place on the 5th day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, this year it will be taking place on June 23rd and with this festival will come the famous Zongzi (glutinous rice dumpling) that is covered in bamboo leaves.  Of course the highlight of this festival is the race of boats that are carved out into dragons. The mythology that was the root to this festive time begins with a famous poet by the name of Qu Yuan who drowned in the Miluo River. When the people heard that, they tried to save him but could not recover his body from the river. And so as to not let the fish eat him they threw Zongzi into the river. Henceforth people have commemorated Qu Yuan with the famous Dragon boat festival every year. Today the dragon boat festival has become international!

端午节

端午节为每年农历五月初五,今年6月23日为端午节;端午节是中国汉族人民纪念屈原的传统节日,有吃粽子,赛龙舟等习俗。据说,屈原投汨罗江后,当地百姓闻讯马上划船捞救,一直行至洞庭湖,始终不见屈原的尸体。那时,恰逢雨天,湖面上的小舟一起汇集在岸边的亭子旁。当人们得知是为了打捞贤臣屈大夫时,再次冒雨出动,争相划进茫茫的洞庭湖。为了寄托哀思,人们荡舟江河之上,此后才逐渐发展成为龙舟竞赛。百姓们又怕江河里的鱼吃掉他的身体,就纷纷回家拿来米团投入江中,以免鱼虾糟蹋屈原的尸体,后来就成了吃粽子的习俗。现在端午节已成为一个国际性的节日!

Dragon Boats: The longest canoes you ever did sea :)

Our reader’s encounter with a dragon boat maker in Dalian

By Longe

A few weeks ago I met one of my neighbors whose family has a factory in Wafangdian which makes many of the modern Dragon boats used in competitions all over the world.

She told me how lucky she was to have travelled to different countries with her family and how surprised she was by the enthusiasm and diversity of people who participate in the races.  When she was growing up, the family business was not very interesting to her and she wasn't very eager to help out. Of course that all changed after her first trip abroad opened her eyes to a more meaningful picture. The experience instilled a sense of connectedness in her, filling her with a deeper understanding and appreciation for all the hard work and sacrifices her family has made over the years.

Check out their website (www.dragonboats.cn) for more pictures and info. If a few of you readers are interested in a factory tour, perhaps one can be arranged.

龙舟:你所见过的最大的独木舟

龙哥偶遇大连龙舟制作者

几周前,我遇到了一个邻居,她家在瓦房店有个专门制作龙舟的工厂,其制作的龙舟用于世界各地的龙舟比赛。她告诉我她非常幸运能和家人去世界各地旅行,并且深深被参加龙舟比赛的人们的热情所震撼。开始时,她对家里的生意不是很感兴趣,当然第一次出国旅行后,她的想法就彻底改变了。她对自己的家族企业有了更深的理解与热爱。

了解其更多信息及图片,请查看网址:www.dragonboats.cn.

June 6, 2012

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