Qu Yan, celebrated patriot and poet.
Known as the “Father of Chinese Poetry” Qu Yan lived between 340 – 278 BC. His poetry is considered some of the best of most Classic in the Chinese Cannon.
In addition to his poetry, Qu Yan was also a minister who was very troubled by the warring states that existed in that period of China. He committed honorable suicide when an important battle was lost to the Qing dynasty, which resulted int he capture of the capital city of Qin.
This celebration of Qu Yan has occurred for more than 2,000 years, and the Dragon Boat Festival is a rich and integral part of Chinese history.
Today across China (on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar) Dragon Boat races are held and ceremonial rice and meat packets, wrapped in bamboo leaves, are eaten in honor of Qu Yan.