🐉Dragon Boat Festival is a Chinese traditional festivals that falls on the fifth day of the fifth month in chinese lunar calender. To celebrate this festival, people will organize dragon boat competition, making sticky rice dumplings (zongzi) and drink chinese wine (xiaohuangjiu).
This festive is to commemorate the death of chinese poet Qu Yuan. Qu Yuan (340–278 BC) was a patriotic poet and a loyal official of the state of Chu during the Warring States Period. He advised the King to ally with the State of Qi (one of the seven warring states: Qi, Chu, Yan, Han, Zhao, Wei, and Qin) to fight against the most powerful State of Qin. However, he was slandered by jealous officials and accused of treason, and the King dismissed and exiled him.
In 278 BC, the Qin State conquered the capital of Chu. On hearing of the defeat, Qu Yuan in great despair committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month. According to legend, people who love QuYuan thrown the Zongzi into the river to prevent the fish from eating the poet’s body.