Thu, August 19, 2010

2010 Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon boat racing to celebrate festival

Over a hundred dragon boats race to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival which falls on Wednesday. The event was held originally to honor the Chinese poet Qu Yuan (c. 340 BC-278 BC) of the Warring States Period. Full story

BACKGROUND

Honoring a poet patriot

Duanwu, popularly known as Dragon Boat Festival, will be upon us soon. Pauline D Loh reflects on its legends and traditions.

POLL

What's your plan for the Dragon Boat Festival?
Eat zongzi.
Go travelling.
Visit friends.
Stay at home.

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