Embracing Tradition and Ambition: The Dragon Boat Festival and the Gaokao



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Sinomachining
07 June 24
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The Dragon Boat Festival 2024

As the Dragon Boat Festival approaches, our factory’s holiday schedule is as follows:

Dragon Boat Festival: June 8 — June 10 (three days off)
Following the Dragon Boat Festival, there are two remaining public holidays in 2024:

Mid-Autumn Festival: September 15 — September 17 (three days off)
National Day: October 1 — October 7 (seven days off)


Please note that the Chinese New Year in 2025 falls on January 29, 2025. To avoid delays in urgent orders, we advise arranging them 30-45 days in advance.

In the long course of time, certain coincidences are particularly memorable, such as this year’s overlap of the Gaokao exams and the Dragon Boat Festival.

The Dragon Boat Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday, is rich with customs such as eating zongzi (sticky rice dumplings), dragon boat racing, and wearing sachets and colorful silk threads. This festival, marked by sunny days and the onset of summer, fills everyone’s hearts with joy and hope, symbolizing wishes for national prosperity and family harmony.

The Three Types of Dragon Boats: Tradition, Speed, and Humor
When it comes to dragon boat racing, it’s fascinating to learn that there are three distinct types of dragon boats celebrated around the world, each with its unique story and character.

The first type is the traditional dragon boat, created to honor the memory of Qu Yuan, a patriotic poet from ancient China. According to legend, after Qu Yuan drowned himself in the Miluo River to protest against government corruption, the local people raced their boats to the river in a desperate attempt to save him or at least recover his body. To protect Qu Yuan’s body from being eaten by fish, they beat drums and splashed the water with their paddles to scare the fish away. This practice evolved into the dragon boat race, a vibrant and integral part of the Dragon Boat Festival.

The second type is the Guangdong dragon boat, renowned for its speed and competitiveness. Originating from Guangdong province, these dragon boats have earned a global reputation for their swiftness and agility. The Guangdong dragon boat races are so popular and well-regarded that they have transcended local boundaries, becoming an international sporting event. The prowess of these boats has even led to their inclusion as a demonstration sport in the Olympics, showcasing the skill and teamwork of the paddlers on a world stage.

The third type is the Northeastern dragon boat, known more for its humorous reputation than its racing success. Unlike their southern counterparts, the Northeasterners are not as adept at water sports, leading to many of their dragon boats ending up capsized or sinking during races. This has given rise to a playful saying that the Northeastern dragon boats are “joining Qu Yuan” at the bottom of the river. Despite this less-than-stellar track record, the Northeastern dragon boat races are a source of great fun and laughter, highlighting the region’s spirit of humor and camaraderie.

These three types of dragon boats—each with its unique background—demonstrate the rich cultural tapestry and regional diversity of dragon boat racing. The traditional dragon boat honors ancient customs and reverence for Qu Yuan, the Guangdong dragon boat exemplifies speed and international prestige, and the Northeastern dragon boat adds a touch of humor and lightheartedness to the festivities.

Together, they contribute to the enduring appeal and multifaceted nature of dragon boat racing, making it a cherished tradition that continues to evolve and delight people across the globe.

Coinciding with the Gaokao, this period brings together the spirit of hard work and hope. This unique convergence creates a memorable chapter in the lives of countless young students. The Gaokao is not only a test of knowledge but also a test of mental strength. The Dragon Boat Festival, carrying centuries of tradition and blessings, seems to cheer on the examinees.

Inside the exam halls, students are fully immersed in their tests, navigating the vast sea of knowledge. Outside, the aroma of zongzi wafts through the air, conveying people’s heartfelt wishes for the students’ success. This season is vibrant and dynamic: on one side, numerous students are diligently writing in their exam rooms, striving to unlock the doors to their future with knowledge; on the other side, the Dragon Boat Festival brings excitement and joy as people make zongzi and race dragon boats, preserving ancient customs.

We wish all the examinees great success in their exams! This year’s Gaokao is perfectly timed with the Dragon Boat Festival, symbolizing a “sticky” success. Looking at the zongzi lining the streets, each one seems to be filled with blessings and expectations. The fillings inside the zongzi represent the hard work and sweat of the students, ultimately revealing their sweetness and success.

May all your dreams come true!

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