The Duanwu (端午) holiday is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar. It is believed that the holiday arose as a reverence for the great poet of China – Qu Yuan. After in 278 BC. the troops of the Qin principality captured the capital of the Chu principality, Qu Yuan was unable to accept this and committed suicide by throwing himself into the river.
The people who lived near this place, upon learning of his death, came to the river and swam out in boats to find Qu Yuan’s body. This is how the custom developed every year on the fifth day of the fifth month in honor of the poet to go for walks on dragon boats, eat the festive “粽子” (“zòng zi”) and drink rice wine.
“Zongzi” is a traditional food made from glutinous rice, millet and gaoliang, which is usually wrapped in leaves (such as reed leaves).