The Dragon Boat Festival (also known as Tuen Ng Festival) occurs on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, which will be Saturday 23 June 2012. It commemorates the death of a great and beloved statesman in ancient China, of whom it is said, committed suicide to avoid and to protest against corrupt actions. He drowned himself in the River on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar.
The people of his town respected and revered this statesman, and they rushed out in boats, drumming loudly and throwing dumplings (bamboo leaves filled with cooked rice) into the water to keep the fishes way from eating his body, and as an offering to the dead hero. On this festival, now we have Zungzi and dragon boats race to memorialize this much loved ancient statesman.
There are vigorous dragon boat races all over the world to celebrate this festival.
If you are in Hong Kong, you may go to Tai O, Lantau Island tomorrow. The race will be held at 8am - 2pm.
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