The Dragon Boat Festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. There are many different legends about the festival, but the most famous one is about Qu yuan, a patriotic poet of the State of Chu during the Warring States Period(475-221BC).
Quyuan is said to have been loyal and patriotic his whole life. When he realized the declined of Chu was beyond recovery, his remorse knowing he could no longer save it grew stronger and stronger. On the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, he threw himself into the river and died for his beloved homeland.
Locals living adjacent to the river rushed into their boats to search for them. They thew Jiaoshu(rice dumplings) and other food into the river to keep fish and turtles from devouring Qu yuan's body. Later, to commemorate this patriotic poet, the customs of holding dragon boat races and throwing jiaoshu into the river on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month were passed down, giving rise to the name--Dragon Boat Festival.
This folk activity has been passed down from generation to generation, dating back more than 2,000 years. Today, China's dragon boat racing has developed from a local activity into a grand sports event and even became an international sporting event. There are more than 85 countries and regions in the world that hold dragon boat races annually.
The Boston Dragon Boat Festival has been held for 40 years and the Toronto International Dragon Boat Festival has witnessed more than 30 years or races. China's dragon boats have "rowed" to the world.
Wishing you good health and happiness on Dragon Boat Festival.
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