Just happened to be in town for the Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month every year (June 12 in 2005). This annual holiday, celebrated in Taiwan and China, is associated with the remembrance of Cyuyuan, a poet living during the Warring States Period, who jumped to his death into the Miluo River. Local people rowed about searching for him, which evolved into the tradition of dragon boat races. Other traditions associated with the holiday include zongzih, glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves - originally used to feed fish in the river to save Cyuyuan from being eaten by them, and the burning of fake money in what look like small charcoal grills you see all over town.
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