Today is the final day of the Dragon Boat Festival holiday celebration! Instead of teaching, today we had free time all morning. I used mine to go on a run on our beautiful campus at SWUSK and then grab some lunch! Then, we we’re taken to Dongchen International School to celebrate the holiday.
Faculty and students at Dongchen welcomed us and gave a tour of their school, which was very beautiful! It is one of the most competitive international schools in the province and it has primary school, junior high and high school students. We learned more about Dragon Boat Festival, Duān wu jié in Chinese. The Dragon Boat Festival is to commemorate the death of Qu Yuan, a poet and patriotic statesman who committed suicide by drowning himself in a river. Cultural tradition on this holiday includes eating Zong zi, which is glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves, which we have eaten multiple times by the way and it is very good! Also, people hang healthy herbs like wormwood on their front doors to clear any bad luck in their homes. Shanti and I have ours that we made hanging on our fridge! The most important activity is the Dragon Boat race, symbolizing people’s attempt to rescue Qu Yuan. This holiday has such rich Chinese cultural heritage and they did mention to us that the significance of the holiday has changed over
time, but it is still so meaningful to so many. Finally, we enjoyed a delicious meal together at their school! I feel like every time we go out for a meal I say it’s the best yet, but I really mean it when I say this meal in my opinion was the best yet!