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Hatching Dragons Twickenham Nursery Dragon Boat Festival

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Hatching Dragons Twickenham Nursery

The Green

Twickenham

TW2 5AA

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Welcome to Hatching Dragons' Nursery Cultural Extravaganza for June- Dragon Boat Festival端节 Celebration!

Hatching Dragons Nursery, Twickenham, Richmond, London, 2-4 the Green, Twickenham, TW2 5AA

22nd June 2018 Friday 15.30-17.00

What's it all about?

The story best known in modern China holds that the festival commemorates the death of the poet and minister Qu Yuan (c. 340–278 BC) of the ancient state of Chu during the Warring States period of the Zhou Dynasty.A cadet member 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 and even accused of treason. During his exile, Qu Yuan wrote a great deal of poetry. Twenty-eight years later, Qin captured Ying, the Chu capital. In despair, Qu Yuan committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River. It is said that the 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. This is said to be the origin of zongzi.

Timetable for the day

15:30-15:40

Registration

15:40-16:10

Making rice dumpling
Sachet making
Hat & Boat magic paper folding

16:10-16:30

Shadow Puppetry Story: Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon boat racing game

16:30-17:00

Rice Dumpling Tasting with Chinese Tea


Please notice that we have very limited space for buggies, please make sure all buggies are foldable (e.g. McLarens). Buggies and prams that are considered too big to accommodate will be rejected on the grounds of Health and Safety so please do consider slings and other forms of transportation for your young one! Thanks.


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