Duanwu Festival

Lunar May. 5 (Jun.23, 2012)

Duanwu Festival is also called Dragon Boat Festival, traditionally celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month every year on the Chinese lunar calendar. Duanwu Festival has a long history in China. This Festival is in order to commemorate Qu Yuan (340BC-278BC). He was a loyal minister in the ancient state of Chu. He also wrote many great poems in his life, which are passed from generation to generation. In 278BC, learning of the capture of this country’s capital, Qu Yuan committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River. That day was the fifth day of the fifth month of Chinese lunar year. People like to eat Zongzi and having Dragon Boat Races to commemorate Qu Yuan.










Image Credit: “Qu Yuan” on english.cntv.cn, “Bragon Boat Race” on whatsonsanya.com, “Inside of Zongzi” on elenietan.blogspot.com, “Eat Delicious Zongzi” on whatsonxiamen.com,

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