this evening over dinner...
me: AH! we're supposed to eat Ba Zhang (rice dumplings) today!!!!
chris: is it?
me: YAH! today is the 5th day of the 5th lunar month!!! it's Duan1 Wu3 Jie2 (Dragon boat festival)!!!
chris: er dear... we don't HAVE to eat it today...
me: AHH!! must!! it's like mooncake fest must eat mooncake, winter solstice must eat tang1 yuan2 (glutinous rice balls) like that! i'm v traditional one!
chris: er... ok...
me: must remember qu1 yuan2!!! and that stupid qin2 hui4!
chris: er dear, what has qin2 hui4 got to do with qu1 yuan2?
me: he and his wife betrayed qu1 yuan4!!! that's why qu1 yuan2 jumped into the river!!! then people fry you2 tiao2 say it's qin2 hui4 and his wife!
chris: shocking... your (lack of) knowledge of chinese stories is just shocking...
chris: dear, *exasperated look* qin2 hui4 betrayed YUE4 FEI1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TWO different people!!!!!!
me: oh? hehehe =P
chris: june go for chinese tuition with my mum ha!
yue4 fei1 is the guy who kena tattoo-ed by his mother on his back la... golly, i mixed up =P
For those whose Chinese is as good as mine, you may read the stories from wiki below... sighs... and i have actually been to the Yue Fei mausoleum in Hangzhou China a couple of years ago and even wanted to spit at the iron statues... (chris stopped me) =PPP chris feels v disappointed that i forgot all that he taught me that time... the story and the poem (think it's the "whole river red" poem =P)... haiz...
The best-known traditional story holds that the festival commemorates the death of poet Qu Yuan (c. 340 BC - 278 BC) of the ancient state of Chu, in the Warring States Period of the Zhou Dynasty. A descendant of the Chu royal house, Qu served in high offices. 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 Miluo 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.
The Story of Yue Fei states after having Yue Fei, Yue Yun, Zhang Xian arrested under false charges, Qin and his wife, Lady Wang (王氏), were sitting by the "eastern window", warming themselves by the fire, when he received a letter from the people calling for the release of the General. Qin was worried because after nearly two months of torture, he could not get Yue Fei to admit to false treason and would eventually have to let him go. However, after a servant girl brought fresh oranges into the room, Lady Wang devised a plan to execute the general. She told Qin to slip an execution notice inside the skin of an orange and send it to the examining judge. This way, the General and his companions would be put to death before the Emperor or Qin himself would have to rescind an open order of execution. This conspiracy became known as the "East-Window Plot". An anonymous novel was written about this called the Dong Chuang Ji ("Tale of the Eastern Window") during the Ming Dynasty.
When asked by General Han Shizhong what crime Yue had committed, Qin Hui replied, "Though it isn't sure whether there is something that he did to betray the dynasty, maybe there is." The phrase "perhaps there is" or "could be true" (traditional Chinese: 莫須有; simplified Chinese: 莫须有; pinyin: mò xū yǒu) has entered the Chinese language as an expression to refer to fabricated charges. For their part in Yue Fei's death, iron statues of Qin Hui, Lady Wang, and two of Qin Hui's subordinates, Moqi Xie (万俟軼) and Zhang Jun (張俊), were made to kneel before Yue Fei's tomb (located by Hangzhou's West Lake). For centuries, these statues have been cursed, spat and urinated upon by young and old. The original castings in bronze were damaged, but later were replaced by images cast in iron, but these were similarly damaged.But now, in modern times, these statues are protected as historical relics.