officially falling on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, the dragon boat festival is also known as double fifth day. while many stories regarding its origin abound, the most popular and widely accepted version regards qu yuan, a minister during the warring states period (475 - 221 bc)
legend of the dragon boat festival's origin
at the end of the zhou dynasty, the area we now know as china had fallen into a state of fragmentation and conflict. while the zhou dynasty had ruled for several centuries, several other states, originally feudal domains, tried to carve out their own kingdoms. the state of qin would eventually emerge the victor and unify all of china under one rule for the first time in history.