The fifth day of the fifth lunar month is the Dragon Boat Festival. All regions of Southeast Asia will celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival in this day. Do you know the origin of the Dragon Boat Festival?

To Commemorate Qu Yuan

In the Spring and Autumn Period, Qu Yuan was the minister of the Zhou Dynasty. When the king decided to ally with the increasingly powerful state of Qin, he was later removed from office and exiled from the capital. Qu Yuan witness his motherland was invaded. He has written the poetry “Huaisha” and committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River .

Qu Yuan, poet and minister of Zhou Dynasty

Zongzi is a rice dish with fillings, wrapped in bamboo leaves

Why we eat Zongzi?

In tradition, we will eat Zongzi in Dragon Boat Festival. After Qu Yuan committed suicide in the Miluo River, 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 package rice into the water which become the Zongzi to commemorating the death of Qu Yuan.

Dragon Boat Racing

According to the history, after Qu Yuan committed suicide, people rushed to the water and tried to recover his body, which has evolved into a custom of Dragon Boat Racing. However, Dragon Boat Racing is not limited to an event in Dragon Boat Festival where the dragon boat was also used as a tool to send away the evil.

Dragon boat racing is one of the famous tradition in Dragon Boat Festival

Hanging Chinese Mugwort and Calamus

In ancient times, people would hang Chinese Mugwort and Calamus at the door to keep evil away. In addition, some people will use Mugwort in bath to for the same purpose as well.

Chinese Mugwort and Calamus

Zongzi with Realgar Wine

Drinking Realgar Wine

Realgar can be used as an antidote and an insecticide. The ancients not only sprinkled realgar powder in the place where there are mosquitoes but also drank realgar wine to hope that they could avoid evil and sickness.

You should know more about Dragon Boat Festival now. Next time, We will introduce some good festival spots for the Dragon Boat Festival which let you enjoy the joy of transitional atmosphere.