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Looking China Short Film Week: Fifth Day Fifth Month

The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month according to Chinese lunar calendar. The festival is a tribute to ancient Chinese statesman Qu Yuan, a renowned patriot who committed suicide after the demise of his country Chu. For thousands of years, people have held dragon boat races and eaten rice dumplings in his memory on the date of his death.

Fifth Day Fifth Month focuses on the patriotism commemorated by the traditional festival. In Chinese traditions, people, families and country act in unity. If there were no country, there would be neither families nor people. Men compete in the dragon boat racing to display physical strength, while women wrap up rice dumplings with love at family reunions. Patriotism is a Chinese tradition, which is especially celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month.

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