The Holiday Notice for 2018 Dragon Boat Festival
In accordance with the announcement on the Dragon-Boat Festival by the State Council of China, Xi’an Jiaotong University decided to haveTHREEdays off for the festival, which is from June 16thto June 18th2018, and classes will start from June 19th(Tuesday).
I. The classes of June 18th(Monday) are canceled and all exams will continue.
II. The international students who live in the dorms should be back before 11:00p.m.; the international students who live outside of campus should come back to their flats as early as possible. For your safety and belongings, please don’t take strangers to your flats or chat with them in a street.
III. Teachers will be on duty during the holidays. Please let them know If something happens.
Have a Good Holiday!
Background on this festival
Dragon Boat Festival, often known as Duan Wu Festival, is one of the traditional Chinese festivals held on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese Lunar calendar.
The exact origins of Duan Wu remains unclear, but one traditional view holds that the festival memorializes the ancient Chinese poet Qu Yuan of the Warring States Period. He committed suicide by drowning himself in a river because he was disgusted by the corruption of the Chu government. The local people, knowing him to be a good man, decided to throw food into the river to feed the fishes to prevent them from eating Qu's body. They also sat on dragon boats, and tried to scare the fishes away by the thundering sound of drums aboard the boat and the fierce looking dragon-head in the front of the boat.
Today, people eat zongzi (the food originally intended to feed the fishes) and race dragon boats in memory of Qu's dramatic death.
International Students Affairs Office
Xi’an Jiaotong University