Duanwu Jie (Dumpling Festival)


Duanwu Jie falls on the 5th day of the fifth lunar month.

The festival commemorates the patriotic poet Quyuan who lived in the Warring States Period (475-211BC). The poet committed suicide by leaping into the Miluo River after his state, Chu was annexed by Qin state. The story goes that many people went into the River in their boats in search of his body. They hit gongs and drums to frighten off the fishes and prawns to prevent them from attacking Quyuan's body. For the same reason they also threw rice dumplings into the river to feed the fish and prawns.

Today, rice dumpling is made specially to commemorate Quyuan. The Festival is also celebrated with dragon boat races.

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