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Chinese Mythology: The Story of Dragon Boat Festival


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Dragon Boat Festival, called "Duanwu Jie" in Chinese, has been celebrated in China for more than 2,000 years and is notable for its educational influence. People celebrate the festival by eating rice dumplings zongzi, drinking realgar wine xionghuangjiu, and racing dragon boats.

A number of folklores and legends are connected to its observance, but the best known relates to the suicide in 278 BCE of Qu Yuan, poet and statesman of the Chu kingdom during the Warring States period.

Qu Yuan was born around 339 B.C. Around 322 B.C. at the age of 17, Qu Yuan left his hometown and came to Ying, the capital of the Kingdom of Chu, seeking opportunities to fulfill his ambitions. He gained deep appreciation from the king of Chu, and became a

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