Kiinalaiset festarit ajoittuvat kuukaudessa täyden kuun aikoihin.
Suurin juhlista on kevät festivaali, Spring festival tai tuttavallisemmin kiinalainen uusi vuosi, jota juhlitaan kuukauden verran helmikuussa.
Kesäkuun alussa tai toukokuun lopussa on pienempi eli Dragon Boat festival... se on siis tänään. Se kestää kolme päivää ja silloin syödään bambun lehteen käärittyä riisiä paputahnalla... jonka nimi on Zong Zi... voisi kuvitella tämän olevan herkullista, mut lähinnä se on ällömakeaa tahnaa... ei mun suosikkeja...
kuvottavat kuukakut, joita syödään keski-syksyn kuufestareilla.
Dragon Boat Festivaalin pointti on siinä, että silloin muistellaan Kiinan historialle tärkeää runoilijaa, Qu Yuania. Hänen tarinansa menee niin, että hän oli viisas mies, joka antoi kuninkaalle neuvoja, mutta hovi ei antanut kuninkaan kuunnella hänen neuvojaan vaan pisti hänet maanpakoon 20 vuodeksi jonka päätteeksi Qu Yuan hukuttautui jokeen. Dragon boateilla yritettiin hänen ruumistaan pelastaa ja ihmiset laittoivat bambun käärittyjä riisejä jokeen ruokkimaan haamua... siitä siis tämä festivaali ja sen rituaalit kertovat.
/So today is one of China's Many festivals: the dragon boat festival. The festivals TaKe their times by full moons: there is the Spring festival in february, aka the Chinese new year and there is mid-Autumn festival in the Autumn, which they celebrate by eating moon cakes. We have Been in China For most of the festivals and this is my third dragon boat festival. It means in xian: eat glutenious rice stuffed with bean paste wrapped into A bambu Leaf. The shops are full of consumable festivities, but there is no actual dragon boat races like in the south of China where there are actual rivers.
The legend around this festival goes like this:
"There are many stories about the origin of Dragon Boat Day, but the widely accepted version told a sad story about Quyuan at conflicted Warring States (475 BC - 221 BC). He was the prime minister of Chu state at that time, highly esteemed by his wisdom and loyalty that brought peace and prosperity to the kingdom.
He knew the dangers that Qin state posed on its country and advised the King. But most officials were jealous of him and dissuaded the king from taking Qu Yuan's advice and exiled him for 20 years. Qu Yuan was desperate and helpless to watch his country into decline When the capital was stormed by troops from Qin. He wrote "Lisao" or the Lament, a greatest poem in Chinese literature history.
One the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, he drown himself in the Milo River in great pain, out of the desperation about his country's future. Nearby fishermen rushed over and tried to save him, but they were unable even to recover his body. People of Chu grieved and threw rice into the river to feed his hungry ghost. Zongzi was advised by the spirit of Qu Yuan, to wrap the rice in silk and bind it with five different colored threads as his spirit appeared at the mourners' dream and told the reptile in river stole the rice been offered.
And then Zongzi was offered through years by while the dragon-boat races represented the attempts to rescue and recover the body of Qu Yuan, who is remembered for his love and loyalty to his country and people."
For us, this simply meant that there were more princesses in the indoor playground wanting to get the handsome blue-eyed prince to kiss them...