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The Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival has been held in honor of revered Chinese poet Qu Yuan (circa 339–278 B.C.E.) for over 2,000 years. People celebrate this traditional holiday by eating sticky dumplings called zongzi, and of course by racing dragon boats! The vessels are sometimes built to resemble an actual dragon with a head and tail, though they can also look like regular narrow rowing boats. Another tradition from ancient times is wearing embroidered pouches full of fragrant herbs and incense, in the hopes they will protect against bad luck.

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