A blessing from ancient times — Snapshots of Chinese Dragon Boat Festival

by Xinhua writer Yao Yuan

BEIJING, June 6 (Xinhua) — Palatable rice dumplings, fragrant herbal sachet, and ancient rituals for health, people across China celebrated Duanwu, or the Dragon Boat Festival, Monday to usher in the sizzling summer days with ancient blessings.

The Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on the fifth day on the fifth month on the lunar calendar, is believed to be designed to commemorate the death of Qu Yuan, a patriot poet during the Warring State Period (475-221 BC). Qu committed suicide by flinging himself into the Miluo River after the capital of Chu, his mother country, fell under the enemy attack.

Over the years, the festival has evolved from a purely mournful experience to a national holiday that features sacrifices to ancestors, family get-togethers, and rituals to guard away diseases and bad luck.

 

 

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