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The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival

Alex Christie

5 June 2008

This Sunday is the Dragon Boat Festival in China, which is one of the significant Chinese holidays with the longest history.

There are lots of customs in China to celebrate this festival, like racing in dragon shape boats, eating the traditional snack, tzungtzu(pronounced ‘zong zi’ in Chinese), which is sticky rice filled in bamboo leaves.  Actually, those traditional customs attempt to rescue the patriotic poet Chu Yuan at the first place, who drowned into lake, when his country was conquered by the enemy in 277 B.C.  At that time, people rowed boat into the lake and throwing the tzungtzu into lake, so that the fish would eat rice rather than the hero poet. 

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