Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Race

端午节 Duānwǔ jié

Dragon Boat Festival 30th May 2017

The focus of the celebrations includes eating the rice dumpling zongzi, drinking realgar wine, and racing dragon boats. It was believed to be related to the suicide in 278 BC of Qu Yuan 屈原 Qū Yuán, a poet and statesman of the Chu kingdom during the Warring States period. 

On the fifth of May of lunar calendar, 屈原 QuYuan killed himself by jumping into the MiLuo River. After his death, one of his townsmen had a dream. He dreamed that QuYuan was thinner than before. His villagers and himself made 粽子 zòngzi by wrapping glutinous rice with reed or bamboo leaves. Then, they loaded the 粽子 zòngzi  on dragon boat and dropped them into the river. 

Photo Credit: Hex Aym


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