Hello everyone my name is Jordan.Today my speech is about a Chinese traditional festival-----Dragon Boat Festival.
Maybe not everyone knows the origin of The Dragon Boat Festival.But it doesn't matter, I'm going to tell you that today.
Dragon Boat Festival is not celebrated like other festivals. It's for mourning a person.He’s name is Qu Yuan.He is a Patriotic Poet and politician from Chu state during the Warring States Period of China.
One day he heard that his country had been conquered by the state of Qin. He felt very sad and angry.Because he didn't want to submit to the state of Qin.So he committed suicide by drowning in Miluo River.
Hearing the woeful news,people sailed boats to salvage his body.To prevent his corpse fromfishes’gnawing people also threw the rice,meat and other food to feed the fish in the water.
The realgar wine is also poured into the river to dispel the fishes away.
As time goes by,there are some customs,such as dragon boat races,drinking realgar wine and eating Zongzi.One of the most common customs is eating Zongzi.
To make a Zongzi, you need bamboo leaves,sticky rice,different fillings,arope,and you should boil it for forty minutes.Then you can taste the delicious Zongzi.
There are two main kinds of Zongzi in China.In the north,people usually eat sweet Zongzi which is usually filled with dates,bean paste and so on.And in the south,people usually eat meat Zongzi which is usually filled with pork,ham and so on.
For myself I think both of them are delicious but there was an online debate over the two tapes of Zongzi a few years ago.I think this argument is pointless. Everyone has different preferences and tastes. We should not denigrate others because they have a peculiar taste. What we should do is respect, because this is also respect for traditional customs.
That’s all about my speech.Thanks for your listening.