The fifth day of the fifth month in the Chinese calendar is the traditional Duanwu Festival in China. The Duanwu Festival has a history of more than 2,000 years; due to its vast territory, a large number of ethnic groups and various tales, the customs of the Duanwu Festival vary from one place to another. Its major contents include dragon boat contests, the eating of zongzi (rice dumplings wrapped with leaves of certain plants), married daughters’ visit to their mother’s home, the pasting of Zhong Kui’s images on doors, the hanging of
flagleaf and mugwort to ward off evils, children’s wearing of fragrant bags to expel pestilence, the drinking of realgar liquid for detoxification, etc. In particular, some activities, including dragon boat contests, have been further developed, and become international sports. There have been many stories about the origin of the Dragon Boat Festival, among which the most widely spread is that the festival commemorates Qu Yuan.