The Dragon Boat Festival comes round !
Today is the 5th day of the 5th lunar month over here ，namely the Dragon Boat Festival ,one of our statutory holidays. Including Saturday and Sunday ,people who are in work can take three days off .Needless to say ,today the whole country is in a holiday mood . As the name implies,this day we have Dragon Boat (dragon-shaped boat) race .In addition ,eating Zong Zi (transliteration, pyramid-shaped dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves . )and hanging sweetflag leaves and argy wormwood leaves on the lintels of doors are part and parcel of the Dragon Boat Festival.The sweetflag leaf that looks like sword is supposed to kill demons and it is said that the argy wormwood leaf can drive out evil spirits and avert miasmata and seasonal pestilence .Personally , I don’t completely buy it and even think that it smacks of superstition ,but I take it for what it is worth and do it as many do .After all ,it is an ancient tradition .
Picture of sweetflag leaves and argy wormwood leaves, taken by jiangliu1949
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