The Dragon Boat Festival
26 May

Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival is one of the three greatest annual festivals celebrated in Taiwan. It’s on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, sometimes also call ti the Double Fifth. In Dragon Boat Festival, people has dragon boat races and eat Chung-tze.

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Dragon boat races

 

What is a dragon boat?

Dragon boat is a boat carved to resemble a dragon, the dragon’s head at the bow and its tail at the stern. Twenty-two oarsmen row the boat while a helmsman steers, a drummer beats out the pace, and a bow sitter snatches the flag at the finish line.

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Dragon boat

 

What to eat during the festival?

Chung-tze. They are rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves. But now, They are available all the year-round. As legend has it, during the Fourth Century B.C., Chu Yuan, a senior government official, committed suicide on the fifth day of the fifith lunar month by throwing himself into the milo River in Hunan Province. He did so to protest the king’s corrupt practices, hoping that by dying he could cause the king to come to his senses and return to honest and upright practices.

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Chung-tze

 

the people of the nearby village rushed out in fishing boats to save him, because they knew he was a good, honest man. When they failed to find him or his body, they threw cooked rice into the river. Why? One version of the legend has it that they did this to keep the fish from eating Chu Yuan’s body. According to the other version, the rice was meant to feed Chu Yuan’s soul.

 

Chu Yuan’s spirit is said to have appeared to the villagers. He told them that a monster had intercepted the gifts of rice, and further described to them how they should wrap the rice so the demon would not recognize it and would therefore let it pass. What Chu Yuan’s spirit described was a Chung-tze.

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Chung-tze

 

source: Introducing Taiwan in English

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