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Dragon boat festival

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Confucius institute is with the Dragon boat festival closing the Days of Chinese culture. Dragon boat was organized by Zagreb Confucius institute on Saturday 3th of June 2017 at the Jarun lake in Zagreb.  It is also known as festival which is occurring near the summer solstice, because the festival is celebrating on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional Chinese calendar. Confucius institute Ljubljana has organized free bus transportation to the festival. Two rowing teams was representing Slovenia at the festival and they were great competitors.

Interesting facts: Festival celebrates Chinese poet Qu Yuan, who has drowned at the Milou river. Local people, who admired him, raced out in their boats to save him, or at least retrieve his body. This is said to have been the origin of dragon boat races. When his body could not be found, they dropped balls of sticky rice into the river so that the fish would eat them instead of Qu Yuan’s body.

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