The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duan Wu Jie in Chinese, has a rich history. One popular theory suggests it originated from the commemoration of a great patriot poet, Qu Yuan. During the Warring States Period, Qu Yuan served in the court of Emperor Huai. His fight against corruption led to his exile. In despair over the decline of his mother country, Chu State, he drowned himself in the Miluo River. Legend says that people raced their boats to search for his body and dropped rice into the river to prevent fish from feasting on it. Since then, dragon boat races, zongzi (glutinous rice dumplings), and other activities are held annually on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month to honor Qu Yuan’s memory.





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