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Tuen Ng Festival / Dragon Boat Festival / Dumpling Festival 2013

 

Tuen Ng Festival / Dragon Boat Festival / Dumpling Festival
12 June 2013, Wednesday

Dragon Boat Festival, also called Tuen Ng Festival or Dumpling Festival, commemorates the death of the poet Qu Yuan who drowned himself about 2,000 years ago as an act of protest against the corrupt government.  According to legend, after Qu Yuan committed suicide, villagers got on their boats, beat drums, and threw rice dumplings into the river to scare fish away so they won’t eat Qu Yuan’s body.  Nowadays, people will eat dumplings and go swim or dip their hands in the river during this festival to pay respect to Qu Yuan. The main attraction of this festival are dragon boat races all over Hong Kong.  Dragon boats are around 11.6 m long with carved dragon heads and tails and its crew has 22 paddlers. Read more »