Dragon Boat Festival, ZongZi, Who's Qu Yuan?
By Yu Aaron Cheng on Jun 19, 2007
For those who called today as "ZongZi Festival" and almost forgot Qu Yuan.
The Dragon Boat Festival, is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar. It is one of the most important Chinese festivals, the other two being the Autumn Moon Festival and Chinese New Year.
The origin of this summer festival centers around a scholarly government official named Qu Yuan. He was a good and respected man, but because of the misdeeds of jealous rivals he eventually fell into disfavor in the emperor's court.
Unable to regain the respect of the emperor, in his sorrow Qu Yuan threw himself into the Mi Luo river. Because of their admiration for Qu Yuan, the local people living adjacent to the Mi Luo River rushed into their boats to search for him while throwing rice into the waters to appease the river dragons.
Although they were unable to find Qu Yuan, their efforts are still commemorated today during the Dragon Boat Festival.