Chinese name: 龙舟

Pinyin: lóng zhōu

English name: dragon boat

History: Dragon Boat Festival (龙舟节), also known as Duan Wu Jie (端午节), occurs near the summer solstice. It is held to commemorate the Chinese poet Qu Yuan, who was the minister of the royal house of Chu during the Warring State period. He was slandered by  jealous government officials and was accused of treason. In the end, he threw himself into the Miluo River where he drowned. Nowadays, Chinese people hold dragon boat races and eat rice dumplings because admirers of Qu Yuan threw rice into the river to prevent the fish from eating his body.