Singapore's annual Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival or Tuen Ng Festival, is held in June. The festival honors Qu Yuan, a Chinese poet who drowned himself in a river to protest his king's corruption. Ancient Chinese people fed fish rice dumplings to commemorate his death. Dragon boat races are now the highlight of the festival in Singapore and other countries.
Dragon boat races involve teams paddling a long, decorated dragon-shaped boat. The 40-foot boats have dragon heads at the bow and tails at the stern. The teams have 20-22 people, including a drummer and flag-catcher. In morning heats, teams race. The fastest teams reach the afternoon finals.
The Dragon Boat Festival includes dragon boat racing, eating zongzi (glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves), drinking realgar wine, and hanging mugwort and calamus. These repel insects and are used to ward off evil and disease.