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~ Fifth Moon or Dragon Boat Festival ~
Festival Date - 30 JUN 2012

In Summer, Chinese communities living in coastal and riverine areas throughout the world observe the fifth moon of the lunar calendar with rice dumplings and dragon boat races. 
Statesman-scholar Qu Yuan

Known as the Patriotic Poet’s Festival, it honours the statesman-scholar Qu Yuan, who in 278 BC. drowned himself to protest corruption in the government. As a former minister, he was banished through political intrigue. He wrote two famous odes before jumping into the water. Legend says the fishermen tried to save him to no avail. To prevent fishes from devouring his corpse, rice was thrown in to feed them. Around 40 BC. fishermen placed rice in bamboo tubes for fear that the river dragon would eat the food meant as homage to the dead poet.

By the Tang Dynasty (AD 265 – 419), triangular cakes were made for the mid-summer solstice to commemorate both the first harvest of the year and Qu Yuan’s death.


People living in South China made it an annual event on that day for boats racing to commemorate the day when people rushing out to the river in boats to rescue Qu Yuan. A lot of the boats were decorated with dragon heads on the bows. Later they were called dragon boats and eventually renamed the event as dragon boats racing.

In Malaysia, “dragons” have been racing in the waters of Penang. Since 1979, Penang has staged the annual Penang International Dragon Boat Festival (PIDBF) which attracts teams from all over the world.



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