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Chinese Women And The Dragon Boat Festival by Staff Writer
One of the most important festivals celebrated across China is the Dragon Boat Festival, which has been celebrated across generations for more than 2000 years. The festival falls on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese lunar calendar and is celebrated for various reasons with the most prominent one being to honor the great patriotic poet Qu Yuan. Other reasons stated for the celebration of this festival include the amusement of the Dragon God, who in ancient China was believed to be in-charge of water. Still other version states that the festival was originally celebrated to observe evil days. Irrespective of the version they believe in, on this day, Chinese women perform various activities that have been associated with the festival for ages.
 

The most important aspect of celebrating the Dragon Boat festival is making an offering of Zongzi to the water. The Zongzi are cakes made from a mixture of steamed glutinous rice, pork and egg yolk, which are then wrapped in bamboo leaves. Traditionally Chinese women played an important role in the customs of the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival.Traditionally, Chinese women were entrusted with the task of preparing these cakes especially for this occasion, but in the present times people can easily buy them from various shops during the time of the festival. According to legend, these rice parcels were offered to the Dragon God to please him and seek his blessings for a favorable weather in the upcoming year. It is also believed that since Qu Yuan died after drowning in water, people threw these cakes in water to feed his soul.
 
The celebration of the Dragon Boat festival is also associated with eradicating various diseases and throwing out the evil spirits. As such it is quite common for people to post pictures of the legendary Chinese ghost catcher Zhongkuia on their front doors and use cattail and mugwort leaves to drive away mosquitoes and other such insects. Dragon Boat Festival is one of the most popular of the many Chinese Festivals.In addition, Chinese women would take special care of their children during the festival and make them bathe with water boiled in herbal medicines. In short, Dragon Boat Festival is another occasion for celebrations and festivities that Chinese people love so much. It is festivals like these that keep their ancient traditions alive while adding fun to modern day life.


From: Original         Author: Staff Writer         Time: 4/14/2012 11:02:38 PM

 
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