The Holiday Notice for 2017 Dragon Boat Festival

Author: Posttime:2017-05-18

I.    In accordance with the announcement on the Dragon-Boat Festival by the State Council of China, Xi’an Jiaotong University decided to have THREE days off for the festival, which is from May 28th to May 30th 2017, and classes will be started on May 31st (Wednesday).

II.   The classes of May 30th (Tuesday) are cancelled and all exams will continue.

III.  The classes of May 29th (Monday) will be shifted to May 27th (Saturday).

IV.   The international students who live in the campus should be back before 11:00p.m.; the international

       students who live out of campus should come   back to their rooms as early as possible. For your

       safety and belongings, don’t take strangers to your rooms and chat with them in a street.

V.    Teachers will be on duty during the holidays. If something happen, please let   them know.

Have a Good Holiday!

Background on this festival

Dragon Boat Festival, often known as Duan Wu Festival, is a traditional Chinese festival held on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese Lunar calendar.

The exact origins of Duan Wu are unclear, but one traditional view holds that the festival memorializes the 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

                                               May 17, 2017