You’ve probably heard of the Dragon Boat Festival. Landing on June 14 this summer, this festival is a Chinese holiday where people celebrate by eating Zongzi (粽子), drinking Xionghuang liquor (雄黄酒), and racing in dragon boats. 

It’s a wonderful opportunity to have a good time. In fact, with all the cheerful customs for this holiday, it is hard to believe that it came from a tragic story. But did you know about the festival’s sad backstory?

Art by MoinWong from Guangzhou



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Emilie Zhang