Dragon Boat Festival has its origins in the Warring States period of the Zhou dynasty (c. 1046 BC – 256 BC).
There was a poet named Qu Yuan who was falsely accused of treason. In despair, Qu Yuan committed suicide by throwing himself into the Miluo River.
The local people tried to save him by launching their boats, but alas, his body could not be found.
To prevent the fish from eating Qu Yuan, the locals dropped rice balls wrapped in bamboo leaves into the river to attract the fish away from his body.
From this event, the tradition of Dragon Boat racing, eating zhongzi (sticky rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves) and reciting poetry was born. It is a time for family gatherings, good food, and plenty of oolong tea.
Tradition has it that precisely at noon on Dragon Boat Festival you can balance an egg on end.
Our research lab here at Tea From Taiwan decided to test this one year, and amazingly we managed to get an egg to balance on its pointy end at exactly the right time. A few minutes before and after noon the egg just fell over, but at noon it stood upright.
Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month in Taiwan's traditional lunar calendar. This translates to the following dates in the Gregorian calendar:
2022 - June 3
2023 - June 22
2024 - May 31