The Chinese honor the patriot poet Qu Yuan on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month each year. Legend has it that he drowned himself in the Miluo River on this day centuries ago, and that people threw glutinous rice wrapped in mugwort leaves into the waters to keep fish and crabs from preying upon his remains. The Chinese still honor Qu Yuan each year, by eating the same dish, termed Zongzi, and holding dragon races in all the towns, including Beijing—rowers compete against each other on the river, in boats that resemble dragons. Some of them can be several meters long, and the races are a cultural event not to be missed.
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