Dumpling festival aka Poet Festival, Duanwu Festival and Dragon Boat Festival. It is a Chinese traditional festival which falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month which is June 16. It commemorates the patriotism of Qu Yuan, a Chinese poet and statesman who was accused of treason and banished. He drowned himself in the Miluo River after catching wind of the Qin troops conquering his homeland, Chu. Because of this, the people threw rice dumplings into the river inorder that the creatures might feast on the rice rather than Qu’s body. Fisherman also search for him on boat rapidly, but his body still cannot be found. This tragedy become the beginning of this festival.
for further reading: Wikipedia – Duanwu Festival
Qu’s last poem:
Many a heavy sigh I have in my despair,
Grieving that I was born in such an unlucky time.
I yoked a team of jade dragons to a phoenix chariot,
And waited for the wind to come,
to sour up on my journey.
This is my post for jingle’s Thursday rally for poet.