Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Dragon Boat Festival and Happy Anniversary


Today is our 8th wedding anniversary! Wahoo!
We've definitely been put to the test these past 8 years and I love my husband more and more each day. I am so happy he has been there to support me through our ups and downs. I couldn't have asked for a better husband. *smooches*


Dragon Boat Festival!
Dragon Boat Festival - June 19, 2007

The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated in China on the fifth day of the fifth moon or month of the lunar calendar and for this reason is sometimes called Double Five Day. The celebration is held in honor of a former scholar and official, Ch'u Yuan, who lived in the third century B.C. According to legend Ch'u Yuan tried to advise his king wisely but the king did not want to hear what he was saying so he banished Ch'u Yuan to an isolated village, where he lived for seven years writing scholarly books. When, on the fifth day of the fifth month of the seventh year, he heard that his predictions had all come true he drowned himself in the river in an act of despair. Some fishermen who had seen him leap into the river took out their boats and tried to save him while their wives wrapped cooked rice in banana leaves and threw the rice balls into the river hoping that the fish would eat them instead of Ch'u Yuan's body. On this day, the Chinese still eat special rice balls called tsungs, throw some of the rice balls into the river as an offering to the spirit of Ch'u Yuan, and hold dragon boat races to the beat of drums as they re-create the search for the body of Ch'u Yuan.

14 comments:

Brandi said...

Congratulations on your 8th Anniversary!

amy said...

congrats and happy anniversary

redmaryjanes said...

Happy Anniversary! Look at you! I love see people and compare them to my mental picture. I always think of you with really dark hair.

Doris & Dan said...

Happy Anniversary!

Keep smilin!

(BTW...BB starts July 5th)

PromiseKeepersDaughter said...

Happy 8th anniversary.
Beautiful pic.

Valeri said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!! By the way...our similarities get spookier by the minute....my anniversary is on Saturday....we're in the same week!!!!!!

Hugh & Sonia said...

Happy 8th Anniversary!!! Wishing many, many more years of wedded bliss.

Teri said...

Happy Anniversary!!

And many more!

Robin said...

Happy Belated Anniversary. Hope you enjoyed your day and celebrated in style. :-)

Lisa and Doug said...

Happy Anniversary (a day late)! My b-day was yesterday, so June 19 is an awesome day! Ha! Congrats!

M&M's and Oolong Tea said...

Happy anniversary and many many more,
xoxo Dee

Donna & Andrew said...

What a beautiful photo. Happy Belated Anniversary! Hope it was a good one.
Donna

Ron said...

Happy Anniversary!! My anniversary is this Sat. 6 years.

Tamara said...

Happy (belated) anniversary! I hope you two had a lot of fun celebrating.

Tamara