DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Dear teachers and students:Good morning, everyone! There is a children’s song and said very well”May 5th is Dragon Boat Festival. Inserted Artemisia argyi,wearing sachet. Eat rice dumpling,sprinkle sugar. Play dragon boat in the river.” The children’s song is about China’s annual traditional festival–Dragon Boat Festival. Today, the topic of my speech under the national flag is the Origin of the Dragon Boat Festival.
The annual Dragon Boat Festival is coming again. The Dragon Boat Festival is on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar, also known as Duanyang Festival. It is a summer festival to drive away the plague. The Dragon Boat Festival is traditional festival of Han People in China.There are many legends about the origin of the Dragon Boat Festival. Among them, to commemorate Qu Yuan’s view spread most widely.
Qu Yuan was a great patriotic poet in ancient China. He was born more than 2,000 years ago in the State of Chu during the Warring State Period. He was upright, knowledgeable and talented. He held important posts in the State of Chu. Because of his determination to resist Qin’s aggression,he was beaten, ostracized and expelled from the court by the king of Chu. Qu Yuan was so indignant. During his exile, he wrote many patriotic poems, the most famous one is LI SAO. Later, the Troops of Qin captured the capital of Chu. Chu lost thousands of mils of land and was covered with corpses. Qu Yuan felt as if a knife were piecing his heart. He was reluctant to see the tragic scene of national destruction, so he embraced stones and jumped into the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. He was 62 years old in that time.
The people loved Qu Yuan. When they heard the news of his suicide, they rowed boats and rushed to the river to salvage Qu Yuan’s body, but failed to find it. They are afraid that the fish and shrimp in the river will bite Qu Yuan’s body, and put rice into bamboo tube, throw into the water, want to use rice to feed fish and shrimp to care for Qu Yuan’s body. So far, every year on the fifth day of May, people will spontaneously come to the river, mourning Qu Yuan, but also rowed into the rough waves, symbolizing people scrambling salvage Qu Yuan’s body, in order to send to Qu Yuan’s grief. Over time, the custom of eating zongzi and racing dragon boats has formed in the south of China. Therefore, the Dragon Boat Festival has become a festival to commemorate Qu Yuan.
Students, Qu Yuan is loved by people because of his love for the motherland and his concern for the sufferings of the people. When we taste to eat rice, watch dragon boat racing, do not forget the great patriotic poet more than 2000 years ago——Qu Yuan.
Let us look at this traditional Chinese festival with love and love! I wish you have a healthy Dragon Boat Festival in advance!Thank you!