The Duanwu Festival (also known as “Dragon Boat Festival”) is one of the most conventional festivals in China and has been celebrated for thousands of years. But what lies behind the festival’s long history?
Having been celebrated for thousands of years, the traditional Chinese festival comes with numerous tales and legends attached to it. The most famous and widely accepted story of Duanwn’s origin comes with the story of the 3rd century BC poet, Qu Yuan.
Qu’s life is documented in Shiji, or Records of the Grand Historian, which was written from 109 to 91 BC. According to Shiji, Qu was a highly intellectual and respected royal servant who was also a loyal confidante of the King of Chu State (one of the main states in the Warring States Period of China).