The 3nd Hunan Mass Dragon Boat Final Race in Changde
On June 5, The 3nd Hunan Mass Dragon Boat Final Race is held in Changde.
Zhang Wenxiong (R), member of the Standing Committee and Director of the Propaganda Department of Hunan Provincial Party Committee, attends the race.
Liu Jinneng, Deputy Director of the Propaganda Department of Hunan Provincial Party Committee and Director of Hunan Provincial Civilization Administration Office presides over the opening ceremony.
16 dragon boat teams are racing, with nearly 10,000 audiences watching.
湖南文明网6月6日讯：6月5日上午，常德柳叶湖一改往日恬静，迎来了2016“我们的节日˙端午˙屈原杯”湖南省第三届群众性龙舟赛总决赛。来自湖南14个市州和湖南文理学院、怀化学院的 共16支龙舟队同场竞技，现场近万名观众见证了这场热闹壮观的体育盛事。湖南省委常委、省委宣传部部长张文雄出席，省委宣 传部副部长、省文明办主任刘进能主持开幕仪式。
On the morning of June 5, the 3nd Hunan Dragon Boat Final Race was held in Liuye Lake, Changde City in memory of Qu Yuan, a virtuous feudal official in Chu State. There were total 16 dragon boat teams representing 14 cities and prefectures of Hunan, Hunan University of Arts and Science, and Huaihua College. Nearly 10,000 audiences witnessed the grand dragon boat race. Zhang Wenxiong, member of the Standing Committee and Director of the Propaganda Department of Hunan Provincial Party Committee, attended the race; Liu Jinneng, Deputy Director of the Propaganda Department of Hunan Provincial Party Committee and Director of Hunan Provincial Civilization Administration Office presided over the opening ceremony. (Source: Hun.wenming.cn)
分赛区获胜的16支龙舟队参加总决赛，总决赛设500米直道竞速、200米直道竞速及团体总分3个项目，并设体育道德风尚奖。 经过激烈角逐，株洲市龙舟协会悠移山庄龙舟队、娄底天堂金华 龙舟队、长沙望城千龙湖龙舟队分别获得200米冠亚季军。
The final race set 3 events for competition, namely, 500-m straightaway racing, 200-m straightaway racing and team score, together with the sportsmanship award. Finally, “Youyi Mountain Villa” dragon boat team of Zhuzhou Dragon Boat Association, “Tiantang Jinhua” dragon boat team of Loudi city, “Qianlong Lake” dragon boat team of Wangcheng, Changsha respectively won the first, second and third prizes of 200-m straightaway race.
Hunan is considering to include dragon boat race into competitive events of Hunan provincial games, and thus the mass dragon boat race potentially turns to be professional.
Dragon Boat Race in Hunan
Dragon boat race, the main event of Dragon Boat Festival, is traditionally originated from Chu people rescuing drowning Qu Yuan by boat rowing. However, Qu Yuan was not visible till Dongting Lake. Being afraid of Qu Yuan’s body eaten by fish, Chu People launched dragon boat rowing every year on May 5th to memorize Qu Yuan by dispersing fish. Dragon boat race prevailed in Wu State, Yue State and Chu State.
In fact, dragon boat race originally appeared in Warring States Period as a semi-religious and semi-recreational sacred performance. People carry out dragon-shaped canoe races in pressing drums to entertain gods and audience.
Zongzi, anciently known as "Jiaoshu", traditionally in memory of Qu Yuan, are to the Dragon Boat Festival what eggs are to Easter or roses to Valentine’s Day. Actually, the earliest written records about Zongzi are seen in Social Customs Documents by Zhou Chu in the Jin Dynasty. Cool honey Zongzi in Xi’an has the longest history, recorded in Cookbooks by Wei Juyuan in the Tang Dynasty. Cool honey Zongzi is made of pure glutinous rice flour without fillings. The cooked Zongzi is let cool before slicing, and then poured with honey and chrysanthemum sauce for meal.
Care for the Old Drifters: Dragon Boat Festival Celebrated in Guitang Community
On June 3, the older drifters reunite to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival in Guitang Community, Yuhua District, Changsha.
圭塘社区居民们包粽子 (Guitang Community residents are wrapping up Zongzi.)
On June 3, Dragon Boat Festival caring for the old drifters was celebrated in Guitang Community, Yuhua District, Changsha. The old drifters are the old parents who care for the third generation far from home. They gathered together and wrapped up Zongzi by themselves to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival in advance. The old man Wu Su felt very glad that day in Guitang Community, said that he was very much looking forward to reunion on every dragon boat festival. (Source: Hun.wenming.cn)