Dragon boat festival was a very nice experience to me. Since I had never heard about it nor tasted its traditional food.

At first, I did not understand the Origen of the festival, but after listening and reading from different sources, I think the story goes as follows:

 The festival commemorates the death of poet Qu Yuan,  Qu was a very important person in his times . However, when the king decided to ally with the increasingly powerful state of Qin. Qu was banished for opposing the alliance. Qu Yuan was accused of treason. During his exile, Qu Yuan wrote a great deal of poetry, for which he is now remembered. Twenty-eight years later, Qin conquered the Chu capital. In despair, Qu Yuan committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miuo River on the fifth day of the fifth month. It is said that the local people, who admired him, threw food into the river to feed the fish so that they would not eat Qu Yuan's body. This is said to be the origin of Zongzi. The local people were also said to have paddled out on boats, either to scare the fish away or to retrieve his body. This is said to be the origin of dragon boat racing

As for Zongzi, I had seen them before this celebration, but I had never tried them, on a day before the celebration my classmates from Vector Control class and I met at the University and professor Ho bought for us some Zongzi, they were very good, and I could manage to eat them with chopstick (that is an achievement) they remind me of a typical food from my country called Tamales, so my Salvadorian friends and I call them “the Chinese tamales”, some one told me that Zongzi are made in different shapes but The most popular are triangular and pyramidal. The fillings include datyes ,meat yolk of egg, etc. The most popular fillings are dates.

Well as for the celebration itself we went with some friends to one of the rivers where the competition was going to take place we arrived there, and it was very nice to see those boats in the shape of dragons, and to listen to the drums, afterwards we had the chance to get on one of the boats and go around the rivers with my friends, it was a good experience as well, because I realized that it takes skills to row.

At night, we went to river Danshui, there were many people there, I really like to eat those grilled squids they sell over there.

We also played in these place , where you have to catch fish with some kind of a racket that has paper, I was not lucky that day ,because I did not get any.

Afterwards, we crossed the river and went to the other side of it, there were many people there as well, and we met some people from  different countries ,one of them was from Israel, the other was from the Unite States, and the other one was from India, they told us they were studying here in Taiwan, and we hanged out with them for a while, they told us they had seen the boats competitions, as well, and had liked them very much, we had dinner with them and chatted about our different cultures, that was pretty interesting.

Then we came back to our dorm and that was the end of our holiday, I hope next year, I have the chance to have this beautiful experience and learn more about the interesting Chinese culture.