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Stories of Folk Customs: The Story Behind the Dragon Boat Festival

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Author: Zhao Zhenwan;
Language: Chinese, English
Format: 22.4 x 22.4 x 0.4 cm
Page: 22
Publication Date: 01/2015
ISBN: 9787510452475,7510452473
Publisher: New World Press
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The Story Behind the Dragon Boat Festival is the third volume of Chinese folk stories. It tells that: because of the Qins invasion and incompetence of the King of the Chu, Qu Yuan intended to serve his country but failed to find a way; he became desperate about the reality and showed high ideals with his committing suicide. On May 5 of the lunar calendar (which was a traditional festival back then in the Chu state), Qu Yuan went to riverside of Guluo River where he was exiled and threw himself into the water with a huge stone in his arms. This day was established as Dragon Boat Festival by the later generations, when people commemorate Qu Yuan by holding dragon boat races, eating zongzi, hanging mugwort leaves on the door, and drinking realgar liquor.

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