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Monday, June 6, 2011

Happy Dumpling Festival

Legend has it that the Dumpling Festival aka Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the popular Chinese patriot, Qu Yuan, who in the 3rd century in protest of a corrupt government threw himself into the Mi Lo River in despair. Upon hearing the news, local people frantically raced out in boats to save him, and to scare away any fish who might want to eat him pounded drums and threw rice into the river - sadly, they arrived too late. As legend has it, boat races and ceremonial sacrifices of rice were performed each year to symbolise the valiant attempts to rescue Qu Yuan.

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