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Dear Bloggers,

This week our blog is going to feature categories again, as I think they are a lot better.

Fun Facts: Topic – Dragon Boat Festival

Falling on the 5th day of the 5th month according to Chinese lunar calendar (or 12 June 2013), it has been held annually for more than 2,000 years and is notable for its educational influence. The festival commemorates the patriotic poet Qu Yuan (340-278 BC), and also acts as a chance for Chinese people to build their bodies and dispel diseases. Many legends circulate around the festival but the most popular is the ….. Legend of Qu Yuan
Qu Yuan
Qu Yuan
As a minister in the State of Chu – one of the seven warring states before Qin (221BC – 206BC) in China’s first feudal dynasty – Qu Yuan supported the decision to fight against the powerful State of Qin (one of the seven states during the Warring States Period (476 BC – 221 BC)) together with the State of Qi (ibid). However he was slandered by the aristocrat Zi Lan and was subsequently exiled by the King. In order to show his love and passion for his country, he wrote many enduring poems such as Li Sao (The Lament), Tian Wen (Asking Questions to the Heaven) and Jiu Ge (Nine Songs) and is therefore regarded as a famous poet in China’s history. In 278 BC, after finishing his last masterpiece – Huai Sha (Embracing the Sand), he drowned himself in the river rather than see his country occupied and conquered by the State of Qin.

On hearing of Qu Yuan’s death, the local people were in great distress. Fishermen searched for his body by sailing their boats down the river and other people threw food such as eggs and food like zongzi into the river to attract fish and other animals from destroying Qu Yuan’s body. Later, many people imitated these acts to show their respect for this great patriotic poet and this practice continues today.

Because Qu Yuan died on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, people decided to commemorate him on that day every year. For two thousand years, Qu Yuan’s patriotic spirit has influenced numerous people and he remains revered by the people from all over the world. Among the customs are dragon boat racing, eating zongzi (Vivian’s Mum made us some – THANKYOU), wearing a perfume pouch, tying five-colour silk thread and hanging mugwort leaves and calamus.

Happy Highlights:

  • We had a lovely dinner party with Cezary on Tuesday – MUM MADE PAVLOVA!!!!!!
Pavlova

Pavlova

  • There is a new Starbucks quite near our house, so Mum is REALLY happy

starbucks

  • I have some brilliant new Havaianas from Rodrigo (blue & white ones) THANKYOU VERY MUCH
  • I had the day off school on Wednesday because of the dragon boat festival
  • I had a sleep-over with Guido on Friday after his farewell party (we played whole compound hide & seek, joker, Chinese whispers & then we watched Mr Bean) – he is going back to Holland
  • On Saturday, went swimming with Quinn & had dinner with Quinn – MUM MADE PAVLOVA AGAIN!!!!!!

Word of the week (in Chinese, of course): 中文=Zhong wen (Pronounced jong wen)=Mandarin

Nightmare of the week: During the sleep over, I got bitten by hundreds of mosquitos

Chinglish:

police chinglish

No translation available!

Only one more full week of school!

From Thomas

P.S. WE HAVE JUST BOOKED FLIGHTS BACK TO ENGLAND IN JULY.

P.P.S. PLEASE CAN WE HAVE SOME SUGGESTIONS ON WHERE TO GO IN BRITAIN THIS SUMMER? 

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5 comments

  1. The Chinglish is funny. I’m out of school too. Have a great vacation. I’m going to sleepaway camp with Julian in a couple weeks. Do you talk to Rachel still? Your friend, Max

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    1. I still have one more week! Finishes on thursday.

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  2. Granny Devon · · Reply

    I think that A. Hannah would love to see you in France – Devon is quite a nice place to visit too!

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  3. I suggest as the weather is so rubbish in England, that you come to France instead!!

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  4. Granny fixit · · Reply

    What an interesting legend. Wouldn’t we be better if we spent our time writing poems instead of stabbing and shooting?
    Looking forward to Mum’s perfected pavlova when you are back in UK.
    Apart from visiting your Granny you might like to look at http://www.treetoppers.com for your entertainment.

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