I，m so glad to receive your letter, in which you wanted to know about the Dragon Boat Festival in China.
I feel honored to tell you about it. Celebrated on May 5th in the lunar calendar, it is a folk festival having a history of more than two thousand years. Also, it is one of the most important festivals in China.
As for the origin of the Dragon Boat Festival, there are many beautiful legends, of which the story about Qu Yuan is most widely accepted. Qu Yuan, a Chinese poet who loved his country deeply, drowned himself in the Miluo River after his country’s being defeated. To honor him, people in China hold various activities every year, including eating zongzi and dragon boat racing.
I hope you can come to China to enjoy it for yourself.
We all know that May 5th of the lunar calendar is Dragon Boat Festival, a song: "in May five, is the Dragon Boat festival. The mugwort leaf, wearing sachet, eat dumplings, sprinkle sugar, dragon boat launching Beaming with Joy." The Dragon Boat Festival also weighs five. Many customs are associated with the number five. Red, yellow, blue, white, black, colored silk, in the child's neck, wrist or ankle, called a long thread. Each must "five ends": calamus, wormwood, pomegranate, garlic, ixora. Dragon boat racing and eating zongzi are the main activities of Dragon Boat Festival.
According to legend, the dragon boat race is to rescue the patriotic poet Qu Yuan River to die. Put the dumplings into the river, in order to let the fish throw crab had eaten enough, not to eat his body. The Dragon Boat Festival to eat "yellow": yellow croaker, cucumber, salted duck, egg yolk, yellow Douban dumplings, drink realgar Yellow Wine. In the north and south, we should use "realgar" to draw "Wang" on children's forehead, and to wear colorful sachets on this day. The Dragon Boat Festival is popular in the Han, Zhuang, Buyi, Dong, Tujia, and Gelao ethnic areas.
On the Dragon Boat Festival, people clean their houses and sprinkle yellow water in the kitchen to kill poisonous insects or prevent poisonous insects from growing. This is the Dragon Boat Festival. Do you like it?
Today is Dragon Boat Festival. My mother let me watch the origin of the Dragon Boat Festival from the computer. In fact, it was a memorial to Qu Yuan. Qu Yuan was a patriot. He wanted to make his country strong and often give advice to the king, but the king did not like to listen and he drove him out of the country.
Once the Qin state came to the state of Chu, the state of Chu was quickly defeated, the country was soon lost, and Qu Yuan was more sad. In the early May of this year, five, he moved a big stone and threw himself into the river. People know, very sad, in order not to let the fish eat Qu Yuan, put the dumplings inside the bamboo tube, throw it into the river, hope that the fish will not eat Qu Yuan, the dumplings are like this.
This story tells us to love our country. I also know, now eat dumplings, but is bamboo, replaced by a kind of broad leaves. Eating zongzi is also a memorial to Qu Yuan.