The History of the Dragon Boat Festival The Dragon Boat Festival in Hong Kong, is known as Duan Wu Jie and it is believed that the festival began when the patriot poet, Qu Yuan committed suicide in 278 BC by drowning himself in the Miluo River on the 5th date of the 5th lunar month. However, a number of traditions that play a part in the festival are believed to have existed before the festival began. The festival is closely linked to dragons as the two most important aspects of the festival; boat racing and eating zongzi are both related to dragons. There are other beliefs that the festival could have originat...
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