端午节

Dragon Boat Festival

In this lesson TianMei tells the story of poet and minister 屈原 (Qū Yuán) and 端午节 or Dragon Boat Festival and shows students how to make 粽子 (ZongZi) .

第一课 端午节

Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the death of the poet and minister Qu Yuan (c. 340–278 BC) of the ancient state of Chu during the Warring States period of the Zhou Dynasty. A cadet member of the Chu royal house, Qu served in high offices. However, when the king decided to ally with the increasingly powerful state of Qin, Qu was banished for opposing the alliance and even accused of treason. During his exile, Qu Yuan wrote a great deal of poetry. Twenty-eight years later, Qin captured Ying, the Chu capital. In despair, Qu Yuan committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River.

It is said that the local people, who admired him, raced out in their boats to save him, or at least retrieve his body. This is said to have been the origin of dragon boat races. When his body could not be found, they dropped balls of sticky rice into the river so that the fish would eat them instead of Qu Yuan's body. This is said to be the origin of zongzi.

Lesson vocab

视频 (Shìpín) [video]

问题 (Wèntí) [questions]

屈原 (Qū Yuán)

端午节 (Duānwǔ jié) [Dragon boat festival]

粽子(Zòngzi) [sticky rice ball]

一 (Yī) [one]

为什么 (Wèishéme) [why]

记得吗 (Jìdé ma) [remember?]

干马?(gàn mǎ?) [why?]

名字 (míngzì) [name]

跟我读 (Gēn wǒ dú) [read with me]


BONUS: LEARN TO SING THIS SONG ABOUT 端午节

TianMei teaches Anya and Maya how to sing it!

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