History of Dragon Boat Racing
Origins and More
However, late one night, the spirit of Qu Yuan appeared before his village friends, telling them that his death had been caused by a river dragon. The spirit asked for rice to be wrapped in three-cornered silk packages, as an attempt to ward off the dragon. Known as zongzi, these traditional packages are today wrapped in reed leaves and enjoyed as part of Duan Wu Festival celebrations annually.
The art of dragon boat racing, in search of Qu Yuan’s body, gradually became an established cultural tradition, with the races being held on the anniversary of the poet’s death each year.
Biography of Qu Yuan
Other than his literary influence, Qu Yuan is also regarded as the earliest patriotic poet in Chinese history. The loyalty, and unyielding patriotism expressed in his poems embodied Confucian political ideals, and have served as a model for Chinese intellectuals to this day.