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Dragon Boat Festival event at Bournemouth University

On Thursday 17th June members of the Bournemouth University  Society held a successful informal gathering  to mark the 2010 Dragon Boat Festival (itself actually occuring on Wednesday 16th June this year).  The meeting was attended by international students from countries such as Russia and Nepal in addition to Chinese guests and others from the UK. 

The Dragon Boat Festival is one of the three main Chinese cultural festivals (the other two being the Mid Autumn Festival and the internationally famous Spring Festival).  This important traditional festival celebrates the Chinese poet and national hero Qu Yuan (4th - 3rd centuries BCE), a chief advisor to the state Chu. Qu Yuan's heroic death formed the basis for this major Chinese cultural festival.


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