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The Dumpling Festival, also known as the Dragon Boat Festival, falls on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar (20 June 2015). A long long time ago, there was a great poet, Qu Yuan, who lived in the Chinese kingdom of Chu. He was a good minister and well-loved by the people. Qu Yuan apparently became so upset with the acts of corruption within his government that he threw himself into the Mei Lo River in despair. The village fishermen took their boats out to the river beating their oars on the water to drive away the man-eating fish as they tried to rescue him. Others threw rice dumplings into the river believing that the fishes will eat their dumplings instead of Qu Yuan's body. In this day and age, the cooked rice dumplings wrapped in silk or banana eaves are no longer thrown into the river but are eaten as a holiday tradition. Dragon Boat races are known to represent the search for Qu Yuan's body and is a popular event in todayÃ¯Â¿Â½s festival activities. Head over to Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall on 20 June 2015 to try your hands at the dumpling making booth, do some craft activities and participate with your friends and family in a Ã¯Â¿Â½Dragon Boat RaceÃ¯Â¿Â½! Looking for more excitement? Join the Dragon Boaters on 11 & 12 July 2015 at Bedok Reservior as they speed down the reservoir in various competitive events. For more information, check out the Singapore Dragon Boat Association Website.
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