Celebration of Dragon Boat Festival Held at Confucius Classroom at Mount Clear College

[Source]    Confucius Classroom at Mount Clear College [Time]    2019-06-27 10:00:37 

On June 7th, local time, the celebration of the Dragon Boat Festival, well-known as the Duanwu Festival in China, kicked off at the Confucius Classroom at Mount Clear College.

The event was jointly hosted by Jenny Bromley, Vice-Principal of Mount Clear College and Director of the Confucius Classroom, and Jijun Yang, Chinese Director of the Confucius Classroom.

Jenny Bromley gave a warm welcome to around 70 participants and hoped that everyone would deepen their understanding of the Dragon Boat Festival and the Chinese culture by listening to a lecture about the festival given by Jijun Yang and tasting Chinese food.

Jenny Bromley giving a welcome speech

Then Jijun Yang, with the background of Pipa (a traditional Chinese Musical instrument) music, gave a talk about the Dragon Boat Festival. He talked about the origin of the festival and Qu Yuan, a great poet of the era of Warring States of Ancient China. He also talked about some traditions and customs including dragon boat racing, eating Zongzi, a traditional Chinese food, in order to commemorate Que Yuan, hanging Chinese mugwort and calumus above the doors, tying five-colour silk thread and wearing perfume sachets, and drinking realgar wine, all of which are believed in China to remove the misfortune and evil spirits.

Jijun Yang giving a talk about Dragon Boat Festival

After the lecture, all the participants tasted Zongzi and other delicious Chinese food.

The celebration increased the interaction and friendship between the Australian and Chinese students. It not only offered the local people an opportunity to experience the traditional Chinese culture, but also provided the Chinese students with an atmosphere to feel the warmth of home.


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