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Date(s) - 14/06/2021
The Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, a Chinese poet and minister known for his contributions to classical Chinese poetry.
Qu Yuan committed ritual suicide as a form of protest against the corruption of the era, drowning himself in the Miluo River.
According to legend, villagers desperately tried to save him, but their attempts turned out futile. So they started to beat drums, splash the water with paddles and throw sticky rice into the river in order to keep fish and evil spirits away from Qu Yuan’s body.
Dragon boat races held during the festival originated from the act of racing to save Qu Yuan or at least retrieve his body from the water. And the balls of sticky rice that were thrown into the water have transformed into zongzi (sticky rice dumplings), traditional food eaten during the Duanwu Festival.
Dragon Boat Festival is a public holiday in Taiwan, making it a day off for schools and most businesses.
Look out for the colorful temple parades and captivating performances that may happen across the city on this day!
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