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The Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional holiday originating in China, occurring near the summer solstice. The festival now occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional Chinese calendar, which is the source of the festival's alternative name, the Double Fifth Festival. The Chinese calendar is lunisolar, so the date of the festival varies from year to year on the Gregorian calendar.

Zongzi is the most traditional Dragon Boat Festival food. In Guangdong province, the dumplings are filled with five-spice coated fatty pork and plenty of mung beans cooked inside the rice. Often, traditional cooks also add a whole salted egg yolk. In Beijing and other northern provinces, the preference is for sweet dumplings, filled with sugary red-bean paste.

Dragon boat racing is said to originate from the legend of people paddling out on boats to seek the body of patriotic poet Qu Yuan. The wooden boats are shaped and decorated in the form of a Chinese dragon. The boat size varies by region. Generally it is about 20–35 meters in length and needs 30–60 people to paddle it. During the races, dragon boat teams paddle harmoniously and hurriedly, accompanied by the sound of beating drums. It is said that the winning team will have good luck and a happy life in the following year.

Mugwort leaves are used medicinally in China.Their fragrance is very pleasant, deterring flies and mosquitoes. Calamus an aquatic plant that has similar effects.On the fifth day of the fifth month, people usually clean their houses, courtyards, and hang mugwort and calamus on doors lintels to discourage diseases. It is also said hanging mugwort and calamus can bring good luck to the family.

Please pay attention to your personal and property safety during the holidays, and avoid the dangers of drowning, fire, theft, fraud, traffic accidents, etc. Please follow the dormitory management regulations, do not stay late or stay out at night; Alcoholism, fighting, illegal assembly, illegal employment and other improper behaviors are strictly prohibited; Keep and use your own campus card properly; Don't leave Wuxi without permission. Those who do need to leave Wuxi should go through necessary procedures of asking for leave and return on time.

(对外交流合作处撰稿:肖媛; 审核:徐进;顾秀梅)

 

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