It is said that the local people, who admired him, raced out in their boats to save him, or at least retrieve his body.
This is said to have been the origin of dragon boat races.
When his body could not be found, they dropped balls of sticky rice into the river so that the fish would eat them instead of Qu Yuan's body.
This is said to be the origin of zongzi.
In general, now the day is treated as a fun activity day for friends and family.
There will be plenty of boat races going on as well as other fun games in local parks.
Zongzi is a simple but enjoyable treat of sticky rice wrapped in bamboo.
It’s eaten all year round but be prepared to gorge on it during Dragon Boat Festival.