| For Chinese, it's a time for dragon boat racing and Zongzi (粽子). But across the Yellow Sea, South |
Korea, wrestling (摔跤) and swing play are the highlights. However, both events go by the same name-the
Dragon Boat Festival-which falls on May 5 of the lunar calendar.
One festival, two cultures: does one nation have the right to call its own? It has been reported that South
Korea will apply to the United Nations Educational, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO联合国教科
文组织) to make the celebration its cultural heritage (文化遗产). If successful, people from other countries
may see the Dragon Festival as a Korean creation.
As the birthplace of the yearly event more than 2,000 years ago, China is not happy with the situation.
"It would be a shame if another country successfully made a traditional Chinese festival part of its own
cultural heritage ahead of China," said Zhou Heping, deputy culture minister. The Ministry of Culture is even
thinking of making its own application to UNESCO, covering all traditional Chinese festivals, including the
Dragon Boat event.
Over the years, the Dragon Boat Festival has spread throughout the world. In Japan and Viet Nam, as
well as South Korea, the festival has mixed with and become part of local culture.
With this in mind, some experts say that it is meaningless to argue about which country the festival
belongs to. "No one can deny that it came from China," said Long Haiqing, an expert from Hunan Province.
"But if all the countries involved can protect culture heritage together, they will all benefit."
|1. The underlined word "highlights" can be probably replaced by "____". |
|A. most exciting events|
B. highest lights on the building
C. brightest lights at night
D. most famous festivals
|2. It can be inferred that South Korea ____. |
|A. has proclaimed (宣布) the Dragon Boat Festival as a part of its cultural heritage|
B. has the exactly same Dragon Boat Festival as China
C. has no idea that China has such a festival
D. is paying more attention to its cultural heritage than China
|3. China is not happy with the situation because ____. |
|A. it created the festival |
B. it is also making an application
C. South Korea has no right to call the festival its own
D. UNESCO may approve (批准) South Korea's application
|4. If South Korea's application to UNESCO is successful, ____. |
|A. China will also make its own application to UNESCO|
B. it will be meaningless to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival
C. people from other parts of the world will think South Korea created the festival
D. the Dragon Boat Festival will become part of local culture
|5. The author would probably support ____. |
|A. a move by South Korea to cancel its application |
B. China getting UNESCO's approval of the festival first
C. the opinion of Zhou Heping
D. China paying more attention to its cultural heritage