Six university students dressed up as Qu Yuan, a poet and statesmen from the Warring Kingdoms period, and offered zongzi to migrant workers this past Thursday to help them celebrate Dragon Boat Festival.
The students came from the Poetry Association of Huanghe Jiaotong University in Jiaozuo, Henan province.
After reciting Qu Yuan’s Li Sao, one of his more famous poems, the students gave zongzi, rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves, to the migrant workers.
Qu Yuan (340-278 BC) was a Chinese poet and minister who lived during he Warring States period of ancient China. He’s known for his patriotism and contribution to classical poetry and verses.
For thousands of years, the festival has been celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month in the Chinese calendar and has been marked by eating zongzi and racing dragon boats in memory of him.
This year’s festival officially takes place today on 20 June. As part of the celebrations, workers in China will enjoy three days of holiday between 20 to 22 June. For more information on this year’s holiday schedule, check out our guide to this year’s public holidays.
Happy Dragon Boat Festival!
By Lucy Liu
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