for thousands of years, the tradition of the duanwu festival has been passed down from one generation to the next. but where did it come from and why did people eat zongzi and race dragon boats? many scholars have studied these questions and given their academic explanations. ) 字串2
one explanation is that the duanwu festival originated from people’s worship of dragons. in ancient china, people believed the dragon was the god in charge of water, which was vitally important to daily life and agricultural production. on the day of duanwu, people raced dragon boats to entertain the god and offered him zongzi as a treat. the sole purpose was to please the god to ensure a year of favorable weather.
some people believe duanwu comes from activities instigated by ancient sorcerers. these activities were held in early summer when the hot weather was about to bring diseases to people who didn’t have modern devices and medicines to protect themselves. so, ancient sorcerers encouraged people to wear fragrant pouches and hang mugwort and calamus on their doors to drive away the so-called evil spirits that caused diseases.
scholars may provide many other explanations about the origin of the duanwu festival. but if you ask ordinary people about its origin, you’ll get the same answer. they will tell you that the duanwu festival honors the great poet, qu yuan. they’ll also tell you the story that has been passed down for more than 2,000 years.