EDITOR'S NOTE

Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival, is a traditional and statutory holiday associated with Chinese and other East Asian and Southeast Asian societies as well. The festival is also celebrated in countries with significant Chinese populations, such as in Singapore and Malaysia.

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Dragon Boat Festival Legend

The most popular of Dragon Boat Festival is in commemoration of Qu Yuan (340-278 BC).

Who is Qu Yuan? -- He was minister of the State of Chu and one of China´s earliest poets.

What did he do?

Statesman -- In face of great pressure from the powerful Qin State, he advocated enriching the country and strengthening its military forces so as to fight against the Qin.

Poet -- He composed immortal poems including Li Sao (The Lament), Tian Wen (Heavenly Questions) and Jiu Ge (Nine Songs), which had far-reaching influences.

What happend to him at last?

-- In 278 BC, he heard the news that Qin troops had finally conquered Chu´s capital, so he finished his last piece Huai Sha (Embracing Sand) and plunged himself into the Miluo River, clasping his arms to a large stone.

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