Contact & Location

Moscow

Confucius Institute

Physical Address:
University of Idaho
Admin. Bldg. 328
Phone: (208) 885-7110
Fax: (208) 885-5221

Mailing Address:
Confucius Institute
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154

Jie Chen, Co-Director
University of Idaho
jiechen@uidaho.edu

Shengfei Han, Co-Director
South China University of Technology
Guangzhou, China
shan@uidaho.edu


Double Fifth Festival Celebration

Boats competing in the Dragon Boat festival端午节, also called the Dragon Boat Festival  Details TBA


The Dragon Boat Festival, also called Double Fifth Festival, is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar. It is one of the most important Chinese festivals, the other two being the Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival and Chinese New Year.

The origin of this summer festival centers around a scholarly government official named Chu Yuan. He was a good and respected man, but because of the misdeeds of jealous rivals he eventually fell into disfavor in the emperor's court.

Unable to regain the respect of the emperor, in his sorrow Chu Yuan threw himself into the Mi Low river. Because of their admiration for Chu Yuan, the local people living adjacent to the Mi Lo River rushed into their boats to search for him while throwing rice into the waters to appease the river dragons.

Although they were unable to find Chu Yuan, their efforts are still commemorated today during the Dragon Boat Festival。

端午节的由来
端午节,又称为五五节,因为端午节是在农历的五月五日,是三个重要的中国节庆之一,其他两个分别是中秋节和农历新年。

这个节日的由来是古代中国有一位博学多闻的官吏屈原,他是一位爱民而且又受到尊崇的官吏,但是由於一位充满嫉妒的官吏陷害,从此在朝廷中被皇帝所冷落。由於无法获得皇帝的重视,屈原在忧郁的情况下投汨罗江自尽。

由於对屈原的爱戴,汨罗江畔的居民匆忙的划船在江内寻找屈原,并且将米丢入汨罗江中,以平息汨罗江中的蛟龙。即使他们当时并没有找到屈原,但是他们的行为,直到今天在端午节的时候,仍然被人们传颂纪念著。

Dragon Boat Race
Traditions At the center of this festival are the dragon boat races. Competing teams drive their colorful dragon boats forward to the rhythm of beating drums. These exciting races were inspired by the villager's valiant attempts to rescue Chu Yuan from the Mi Lo river. This tradition has remained unbroken for centuries.
 
Dragon Boat Festival FoodTzung Tzu
A very popular dish during the Dragon Boat festival is tzung tzu. This tasty dish consists of rice dumplings with meat, peanut, egg yolk, or other fillings wrapped in bamboo leaves. The tradition of tzung tzu is meant to remind us of the village fishermen scattering rice across the water of the Mi Low river in order to appease the river dragons so that they would not devour Chu Yuan.

风俗习惯
端午节最重要的活动是龙舟竞赛,比赛的队伍在热烈的鼓声中划著他们多彩的龙舟前进。这项活动的灵感是来自於当时汨罗江畔的居民,在江中划船救屈原,而这个传统也一直保持了数个世纪。

在端午节时受欢迎的食物就是粽子,粽子是以米包著肉、花生、蛋黄及其他材料,再以竹叶包裹。而粽子的传统则来由於汨罗江边的渔夫,将米丢入江中平息江中的蛟龙,希望他们不要将屈原吃掉。
 
农历的五月,也就是端午节的这个时节,对中国人而言,除了屈原的故事还有许多其他重要的意义。许多中国人相信五月是一年中容易引发疾病的危险时节,因此必须有许多防备家人生病的措施。许多家庭会将一种特别的植物-艾草挂在门口,作为保护之用,而人们也会挂带香包,它是以含有多种香味的药用植物所做成,也可以保护人们远离疾病