A Chinese holiday that is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, typically in June. It is also called Festival of the Double Fifth. It commemorates the suicide of the patriotic poet Qu Yuan, who died after his king ignored his advice and banished him, speeding the demise of the Kingdom of Chu, Qu Yuan's home. When the Qin conquered Chu, Qu Yuan cast himself into the Miluo River in despair. Fishermen desperately tried to save him, but he was already dead. To prevent the river fish from eating the corpse, they threw dumplings in the river. That is why rice dumplings, or zongzi, are consumed on that day.

The day is marked by dragon boat races, huge canoes with the bow in the shape of a dragon's head. A drummer sits at the front keeping a rhythm while up to 100 rowers man paddles. It mimics the race of the fishermen to save their patriotic poet hero. In addition to races, everyone gets to eat dumplings dipped in soy sauce and have a fun time. The Dragon Boat Festival is the third biggest holiday in China, after Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival.

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