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Dragon Boat Festival: Remembering Qu Yuan in poetry

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-06-06 09:28

The Dragon Boat Festival falls on June 7 this year - the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese lunar calendar.

It's a 2,000-year-old tradition celebrated nationwide in various forms to remember the ancient poet Qu Yuan, who committed suicide out of love for his country during the Warring States period (475-221 BC).

Qu Yuan was a patriotic poet, revered as the father of Chinese romantic literature. He is best known for his poems collected in the anthology Chu Ci, literally, "Poetry of Chu". Li Sao, or Encountering Sorrow, is one of his most popular pieces nowadays.

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