The origin of this summer festival centers around a scholarly government official named Qu Yuan.
He was a good and respected man, but because of the misdeeds of jealous rivals he eventually fell into disfavor in the emperor's court.
Unable to regain the respect of the emperor, in his sorrow Qu Yuan threw himself into the Mi Low river.
The local people living adjacent to the Mi Lo River rushed into their boats to search for him while throwing rice into the waters to appease the river dragons.
Although they were unable to find Qu Yuan, their efforts are still commemorated today.
The Dragon Boat Festival
Hanging Calamus and Moxa
Zongzi / Tsung-tse / Glutinous rice dumpling
Dragon boat racing
Perfumed medicine bag/sachet
Ward off evil
Ward off disease