The death of Wu Zixu is seen by some as the origin of the Dragon Boat Festival. He was a loyal advisor and general during the Spring and Autumn era – approximately 771 to 476 BC – in ancient China, but was forced by his king to commit suicide after the two had a disagreement. His body was thrown into a river on the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese lunar calendar. Sympathetic locals held dragon boat races in his memory. In places such as Suzhou in Jiangsu Province, Wu is still remembered during the Dragon Boat Festival. Take a look at the activities Wu’s descendants hold to commemorate him.
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