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June 12th, 2013: 端午节 DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
The Dragon Boat Festival began more than two thousand years ago to honor the memory of a poet and statesman named Qu Yuan (say “chew yuen”). Qu Yuan was a loyal minister to the king of the state of Chu. This festival is often called “double fifth” because it is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth moon. In Chinese, the festival is called 端午节, duān wǔ jié (say “dwan oo jieh”). During the festival, hundreds of people gather along the banks of rivers and lakes to watch long, thin, brightly colored dragon boats race. Learn more here.