Dragon Boat Festival Whenever we think of Dragon Boat Festival, everybody must think of dragon boat competition and the festival dumpling. Dragon Boat Festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar since 277BC. In fact, the original meaning behind this festival is Qu Yuan, a great Chinese poet. Based on the legend, this festival is to memorise this patriotic poet. Qu Yuen lived during the Warring States Period of the Chinese history which is about 2200 years ago. At that time, he was very sad about the corrupt ruler. Until the moment he thought that there was nothing more he could do for his nation, he took his life by jumping into the Miluo River. His patriotism is since them remembered on every fifth day of the fifth month in the Lunar Year. Zhong Zi, sweet sticky rice wrapped with bamboo leaves, is usually stuffed with various kinds of ingredients such as pork, egg, peanuts and etc. At the time of Qu Yuan’s incident, people immediately dumped many Zhong Zi into the river in order to scare away the fish so they would eat the Zhong Zi instead of Qu Yuan’s body. Nowadays, Zhong Zi has become a popular type of food which comes in various forms and taste and people can eat it basically whenever they want to. Unlike Zhong Zi. Dragon boat competition was originally a ceremony for showing the respect to the God of Water. Later on, the meaning of memorising Qu Yuan was added on the activity. Each dragon boat measures more than 10 meters and carries around 20 people. With steersman at the back and the drummer in the front, all paddlers follow the beats and paddle on. Nowadays, dragon boat festival is held yearly in places such as Hong Kong, Macau, China and Taiwan and it attracts competitors all over the world. This year, the Dragon Boat Festival falls on the 31st May 2006. If you are heading towards the South East Asia, you will definitely not miss this great event. Asia Dragon is both the retail and wholesale outlet located in Leeds UK. Visit us at http://www.asiadragon.co.uk where you will find authentic Oriental furniture, including Indian furniture, Chinese furniture plus Oriental rugs, soft furnishings and home decor ideas. Our Asian furniture and home furnishings are available in both traditional & contemporary styles. We also feature calligraphy, Chinese art and ornaments, Chinese dresses, fashion accessories, and Japanese kimonos.