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端午節 2006

Dragon Boat Festival - Sai Kung



The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is a significant holiday celebrated in China, and the one with the longest history. The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated by boat races in the shape of dragons. Competing teams row their boats forward to a drumbeat racing to reach the finish end first.

The boat races during the Dragon Boat Festival are traditional customs to attempts to rescue the patriotic poet Chu Yuan. Chu Yuan drowned on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month in 277 B.C. Chinese citizens now throw bamboo leaves filled with cooked rice into the water. Therefore the fish could eat the rice rather than the hero poet. This later on turned into the custom of eating tzungtzu and rice dumplings.

The celebration's is a time for protection from evil and disease for the rest of the year. It is done so by different practices such as hanging healthy herbs on the front door, drinking nutritious concoctions, and displaying portraits of evil's nemesis, Chung Kuei. If one manages to stand an egg on it's end at exactly 12:00 noon, the following year will be a lucky one.

關於端午節的源起,歷來眾說紛紜。早於東漢末年已有探索其源流典故的記載,認為端午節起源於紀念戰國時代詩人屈原;近人聞一多之《端午考》則認為端午節是古代吳越民族祭祀圖騰──"龍"的活動日,每年的五月五日都要舉行一次盛大的圖騰祭:將各種食物用樹葉包裹,扔向水堙A並在急鼓聲中划著裝飾成龍形的獨木舟在水面上競渡,後來此項活動演變為吃粽子和賽龍舟。其後亦有學者提出端午節是由遠古越人(今浙江紹興一帶)的新年演變而來的。

根據有關典籍的記載,端午本為"端五",先秦時代人們已視五月五日為不祥之日,其後並逐漸約定俗成於當天以朱索(結股五色絲)和五色桃印等懸於門上、繫五色絲於臂上、掛紙書赤靈符於胸口前等,亦習慣以蘭草這被認為有辟邪功效的草藥沐浴,足見最初的端午節風俗應與古人於酷暑來臨前,希望辟邪去疾有關。

自漢朝末年起,端午節才逐漸由原始崇拜、禁忌演變為祭奠有關的歷史人物。其中流傳最廣、最富影響力的是紀念大文學家、愛國詩人屈原,從歷史上的南北朝統一之後,中國的南北節俗趨向統一,端午節祭奠屈原便由楚地而遠播全國。

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