The Dragon Boat Festival or Duanwu Festival (端午节) is a Chinese traditional festival occurring on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month.
The festival commemorates the death of the poet and minister Qu Yuan (c. 340–278 BC) of the ancient state of Chu during the Warring States period of the Zhou Dynasty. A cadet member of the Chu royal house, Qu served in high offices. However, when the king decided to ally with the increasingly powerful state of Qin, Qu was banished for opposing the alliance and even accused of treason. During his exile, Qu Yuan wrote a great deal of poetry. Twenty-eight years later, Qin captured Ying, the Chu capital. In despair, Qu Yuan committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River. It is said that the local people, who admired him, raced out in their boats to save him or at least retrieve his body. This is said to have been the origin of dragon boat races. When his body could not be found, they dropped balls of sticky rice into the river so that the fish would eat them instead of Qu Yuan's body. This is said to be the origin of zongzi aka glutinous rice. [story extracted from Wikipedia]
This year, the festival falls on 2 June. Look no further! Vegetarian glutinous rice dumplings will be available for sale at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery from 25 May to 2 Jun 2014, 9.30am to 2.30pm. $3 each. While stocks last!