China commemorates the poetry of boating

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The Independent Online

Rowers celebrate the annual Dragon Boat Festival in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, yesterday.

The festival commemorates the patriotic poet Qu Yuan, who drowned himself in the Yangtze in 277BC on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month in a protest against the corrupt government. His supporters threw rice in the water so the fish would eat that, rather than his body.