My brother Clarence Hui who lives in Beijing reminded me that it is that time of the year when there are dragon boat races everywhere and everyone is eating sticky rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves. He sent these photographs from An Hui 安徽.
On the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, the Chinese remembers their beloved poet Qu Yuan 屈原 （343 – 278 BC) who threw himself into the river. The country was in turmoil and Qu Yuan was in despair. It was said that fishermen tried to save him in their long boats and threw rice dumplings into the water to appease the water god. They beat their drums and strike their paddles on the water to ward off evil.