Dragon Boat Festival: Qu Yuan (340-278 B.C)

The Jao Family Sculpture Garden sits on the campus of the University of California, Irvine and includes this statue of Qu Yuan (340-278 B.C.).

Qu Yuan, a poet and statesman of the Chu kingdom, is steeped in Chinese history and tradition.

Today, the Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu Festival, Duānwǔ Jié, Double Fifth, Tuen Ng Jit) is a traditional Chinese holiday that commemorates the life and death of this famous Chinese scholar. The festival occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese lunisolar calendar, and was recognized as a traditional and statutory public holiday in the People’s Republic of China.

People in the Miluo River area continue to commemorate the death of Qu Yuan each year on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, which fell on June 25th in the year 2020.