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Chinese celebrate Dragon Boat Festival

2011-06-06 13:53:32 GMT2011-06-06 21:53:32(Beijing Time)  China Daily

A woman puts cinnabar on a child's forehead in a ceremony commemorating the annual Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival, in Beijing, June 6, 2011. The festival commemorates Chinese patriotic poet Qu Yuan, who drowned himself on the day in 277 BC. Children often wear cinnabar during the day to keep away evil and disease. [Photo/Xinhua]

A woman hangs mugwort on the gate of her house in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, June 6, 2011, as believed by ancient people to keep away disease. [Photo/Xinhua]

People make Zongzi, traditional Duanwu food made with glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves, in Zigui county, Hubei province, June 6, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Workers hold the dragon boat heads, before a dragon boat race to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival, on a river in Jiangyin, Jiangsu province June 6, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Participants row their boats during a dragon boat race to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival, on a river in Jiangyin, Jiangsu province June 6, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Participants compete in a dragon boat race to mark the annual Dragon Boat Festival at Hong Kong's Aberdeen fishing port June 6, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival, commemorates Chinese patriotic poet Qu Yuan, who drowned himself on the day in 277 BC. Children often wear cinnabar during the day to keep away evil and disease.

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