Martin Luther King Day is a holiday to mark the birthday of Martin Luther King, which is on the third Monday of January each year. The holiday began after the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968, and it became a law in 1983. Martin Luther King was a significant spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement; “I have a dream” was his most famous address. In order to honor him and pass on his spirit, people around nation get one day off.
In China, we have similar holiday like Martin Luther King Day, which is called Dragon Boat Festival (DuanWu Festival). It is May the fifth on the lunar calendar, and people will get three days off. The Dragon Boat Festival is a holiday to commemorate Chinese poet, QuYuan, who jumped into a river to commit suicide in 278 B.C. QuYuan was a remarkable patriotic poet, and was on of the four cultural celebrities in the world. His poems like LiSao, JiuZhang contributed a lot to the Chinese poetry, and had an important impact on the poets later. On that day, People will eat ZongZi, a tradition Chinese food, which made by rice to mark QuYuan; there is also a tradition of dragon boat competition every year.
I stayed in the New York during the weekend, and I hanged out with Ziyi and Yunfei. It was raining on that day, but we only have one umbrella. We went to see a Disney movie, called ” Into the Woods”, which is a combination of “Cinderella”, ” Little Red Riding Hood”, “Rapunzel” and “Jack and Beanstalk”. It was an absorbing story at the beginning, but it became more and more ridiculous as it coming to the end; as a result, three of us felt in sleep. After the movie we went to play bowling. Even though we were not very good at it, we still spent a good time together.