Dragon boat festival

Time: 2016-6-9  Clicks: 1488

Back to 2294 years ago, A Kingdom named “CHU”, and a man who named “Qu Yuan”.


Qu Yuan (340 BC – 278 BC)


During the early days of King Huai's reign, Qu Yuan was serving the State of Chu as its Left Minister. He is focus on revitalization “CHU”, Carrying out political reform actively. The king Huai support him at the beginning. However, King Huai exiled Qu Yuan to the region north of the Han River, because corrupt ministers slandered him and influenced the king. During the exiled period, Qu Yuan spent much of this time collecting legends and rearranging folk odes while traveling the countryside. Furthermore, he wrote some of the greatest poetry in Chinese literature and expressed deep concerns about his state.


In 278BC, Qu Yuan was in his third time exiled, A famous Qin general “Bai Qi” lead the troops capture the CHU capital. Qu Yuan was in a extreme anguish mood from that on, He suicide in Miluo river shows he is belongs to CHU and would die with CHU together. The date Qu Yuan suicide is 5,May.

Popular legend has it that villagers carried their dumplings and boats to the middle of the river and desperately tried to save Qu Yuan after he immersed himself in the Miluo but were too late to do so. However, in order to keep fish and evil spirits away from his body, they beat drums and splashed the water with their paddles, and they also threw rice into the water both as a food offering to Qu Yuan's spirit and also to distract the fish away from his body. However, the legend continues, that late one night, the spirit of Qu Yuan appeared before his friends and told them that he died because he had taken himself under the river. Then, he asked his friends to wrap their rice into three-cornered silk packages to ward off the dragon.


These packages became a traditional food known as zongzi, although the lumps of rice are now wrapped in leaves instead of silk. The act of racing to search for his body in boats gradually became the cultural tradition of dragon boat racing, held on the anniversary of his death every year. Today, people still eat zongzi and participate in dragon boat races to commemorate Qu Yuan's sacrifice on the fifth day of the fifth month of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. The countries around China, such as Vietnam and Korea, also celebrate variations of this Dragon Boat Festival as part of their shared cultural heritage.


This is a story about Patriotism and Qu Yuan. And this is the reason for Duangwu(Dragon boat) festival. Today is Duangwu festival. Come with me to see what we do today.

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