Celebrate Dragon Boat Festival 2020

Dragon Boat Festival 端午节

端午节是什么?有哪些活动?别慌!今天让我来为大家讲解什么是端午节以及端午节有哪些有趣的活动。

大家庆祝端午节时比较常见的活动想必是包粽子和龙舟竞赛吧!可你们知道吗?在“包粽子”这项活动后其实有个故事哦!

What is dragon boat festival? What activities are there? Fret not! Let me share with you the origins of dragon boat festival and its activities. Making rice dumplings and dragon races are two of the more commonly seen activities but, did you know? There is actually a story behind this!

Dragon Boat Festival

Spring and Autumn Period 春秋时期

要说起这两项活动,我们还得回到春秋时期。

在春秋时期时,有一位大臣叫做屈原。在公元前278年,秦国攻破了出国国都(京都)。屈原看到了这一幕,非常心疼,不忍心看到自己的国家这样破灭。于是,在五月五日,屈原不舍得丢弃国家,决定跳江自杀。由于屈原被百姓们热爱,他们一听到屈原跳江自杀这个消息后,立刻到达他投江的地方把他的尸体给捞起来。不料,他们却没找到尸体。

于是,百姓们拿了划船的木桨,对着江水使劲地打,希望吃人鱼不会把屈原的尸体吃掉。可是,他们还是不放心,所以个个都跑回家拿米饭,做成饭团丢进河里。他们这样做是希望这些鱼,虾等不会吃了他的尸体,反而会吃饭团。这才有了今天的龙舟竞赛以及粽子。

Now, let’s take a time jump back to the Spring and Autumn period, or otherwise known as the first half of the Eastern Zhou period. During this period, there was a minister named Qu Yuan who was well-loved by the citizens. However in 278BC, Chu was intruded by the Qin. 

Qu Yuan, who could not bear to see his country fall, decided to die along with the country by jumping into a river to end his life. When the villagers come to know of this, they tried to find his body to no avail. 

They then beat their oars against the water, hoping that the man-eating fish would not feed on his body. Others would then return home to make rice balls to throw into the river, hoping that these fishes would eat the rice instead of feeding on his body. Since then, there has been the tradition of eating rice dumplings and partaking in dragon boat races on this day.

当然,这也只是个传说。网上还有很多不一样的说法,大家也可以去查查!

Of course, this is only a legend. There are other sayings online about the origins of this festival. You may want to go online and search it up.

Family Bonding Time 亲子活动

端午节不仅仅是个节日,更是个能让家人团聚在一起的日子。 像 “包粽子”这样的活动,我个人建议一家人坐在一起包粽子。这样一来,家人之间可以多聊天,多互动,更深地去了解彼此。不会包粽子不是个借口哦!

我在这里附上学包粽子的视频,大家可以点进去看一看,试一试!

To me, the Dragon Boat festival isn’t just any festival. It is a festival which allows families to bond together. For example, I personally suggest families to sit together at the table to make these rice dumplings. This will allow families to speak to each other more, interact with each more, and even understand each other more.

What a great bonding activity isn’t it?

Not knowing how to make rice dumplings is not an excuse because I’ve got you covered!

You will find a video below on how to make rice dumplings. Watch it to learn and make them with your family now!

那么,我希望大家在这短短的文章里学到了一些关于端午节的历史以及活动。在这里,我祝大家端午节快乐!下次见!

Here, I hope everyone has learnt something related to Dragon Boat festival. Whether it is on rice dumplings or dragon boat races, I hope you are able to spend this meaningful festival with your family! 

I wish you a happy Dragon Boat Festival! Till next time.

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