Dragonboat Racing 101

龙舟赛 Dragonboat Race

Dragonboat

大家好!我们又见面了哦!端午节刚刚过,希望大家都过的愉快。希望大家还记得我上次写的端午节博客。趁大家记忆还新鲜,今日让我跟你们分享关于龙舟赛的一些资料。

Hello! We meet again! The Dragon Boat festival has just passed and I hope everyone had a great time celebrating it, especially making rice dumplings. Anyways, I hope you remember my previous blog on Dragon Boat festival. 

While your memories are still fresh, I would like to share more about Dragonboat races!

龙舟赛的传说 History of Dragonboat Races

龙舟赛,也名为赛龙舟其实有很多传说。我们最熟悉的传说应该是与屈原有关的吧。如果你不记得我上次写的,不必担心,让我再次与你们分享!

屈原是战国时期楚怀王的大臣。公元前278年,秦军攻破了楚国京都,屈原始终不忍舍弃自己祖国,于五月初五抱石投汨罗江身死。屈原投江后,百姓们觉得很悲伤,便想把他的尸体捞上来。但,他们一直找不到。之后每年五月五日百姓们划龙舟以纪念屈原。借划龙舟驱散江中之鱼,以免鱼吃掉他的身体。

There are many myths and legends about the history of Dragon Boat racing. However, the one in which I believe most of us are familiar with would be the legend on Qu Yuan. If you haven’t read my blog on Dragon Boat festival, what are you waiting for? Read it now! 

Here, I will help you refresh your memory on Qu Yuan if you do not remember what you have read. 

Qu Yuan was a minister well loved by people during the first half of the Eastern Zhou period. 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 but failed in the end. They then beat their oars against the water, hoping that the man-eating fish would not feed on his body. 

还有一个传说是说龙舟是为了祭曹娥。浙江地区,是以龙舟竞渡纪念曹娥。《后汉书·列女传》中载,曹娥是投江死去的,民间则传说她下江寻找父尸。浙江地区多祭祀之,《点石斋画报 ·虔祀曹娥》即描绘会稽地区人民祭祀曹娥之景象。兼有纪念当地出生的近代女民主革命家秋瑾的意义。

In AD 143, while presiding over a ceremony commemorating Wu Zixu during the Dragon Boat Festival, Cao Xu accidentally fell into the Shun River. Cao E, in an act of filial piety, decided to find her father in the river, searching for 3 days trying to find him. After five days, she and her father were both found dead in the river from drowning. Hence, dragon boat races are used to remember Cao E and her father.

As usual, these are not the only legends on the history of dragon boat racing. There are many other legends which are just as interesting as the ones that I have shared with you! You can check it out on the link below. 

当然,传说不仅仅只有屈原,曹娥的。还有好多个传说,有兴趣的话可以去看看哦

Dragonboat

龙舟大小不一,桡手人数不一。一般是狭长、细窄,船头饰龙头,船尾饰龙尾。龙头的颜色有红、黑、灰等色,均与龙灯之头相似,姿态不一。一般以木雕成,加以彩绘(也有用纸扎、纱扎的)。龙尾多用整木雕,上刻鳞甲。除龙头龙尾外,龙舟上还有锣鼓、旗帜或船体绘画等装饰。

Different dragon boats have different sizes, and the amount of people it can fit differs based on the size of the boat. 

Normally, a dragonboat is long and narrow, with the head of a dragon at its front. The dragon head can have different colours such as red, black and grey, along with different postures. The dragon head is also crafted from wood, after which colours are added onto it. The end of the boat, or the dragon’s tail is similar to its head. Made from wood too, scales are carved onto it.

Of course, besides the eye catching dragon’s head, the boat may also have drums, flags or even drawings of the players on it.

插个题外话

由于这个月的我们谈的都是跟亲情有关的一些话题,我想在这里跟大家说,珍惜时间。像端午节这样的节日,我们每年才过一次。如果能抽出时间回家与家人一起包粽子,看看龙舟赛甚好。如果不能,至少给家人发个简讯保平安。对了,你们对这样的博客有兴趣吗?会喜欢吗?可以留言让我知道哦!

Since the topics that we have discussed for this month are heavily related to kinship, I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you something. Cherish the opportunity to participate. Events like dragon boat festival only occur once a year, and if you can find some time to make dumplings with your family , or watch dragon boat races that would be awesome! If not, you can send a text to your loved ones to let them know that you care! 

Oh yea, do you like this type of blogs and content? Leave a comment and let me know!

Oh by the way, did you know? Singapore has its own dragon boat association known as Singapore Dragon Boat Association. They hold dragon boat races too! If you would like to see them in real action, be sure to check out their events! I will leave a link to their website below.

Singapore Dragon Boat Association: http://sdba.org.sg

今天的博客没有平常的长,有没有视频?

有有有,为了补偿今天比较短的博客,我会在以下附上一个关于龙舟赛很有趣的视频!

To compensate for the short blog today, I will put a link to a video of a dragon boat competition below. 

好啦,大家别太想念我哦。下次见!

Till next time!

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