Dragon Boat Festival is one of the major holidays in Chinese culture. It is in memory of a great patriot poet of the State of Chu during the warring states period (475-221 B.C.), Qu Yuan who drowned himself to protest his emporer who gave in to the bully State of Chin. To avoid the fish to consume his body, people of Chin launched their boats and threw rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves into the river where he was drowned to feed the fish. People today still eat the bamboo-leaf rice dumplings (zong-zi). Teams of dragon boats, similar to long canoes, train for weeks for the contests in this day, not only in China, but also in other Asian countries with Chinese populations. The Dragon Boat Festival falls on the 5th day of the fifth Chinese lunar month. The Chinese people enjoy one day off this day. The 2011 festival will be on June 6th.
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