The Dragon Boat Festivaloriginally commemorated the ancient patriotic Chinese poet Qu Yuan, who protested corruption by drowning himself. Today, the celebrations revolve round the hugely popular Macao International Dragon Boat Races contested in late May or June on Nam Van Lake on the historic Praia Grande shorefront. Many local and foreign teams participate in various men’s and women’s divisions, making the medal haul wide and diverse in what has become one of the international sporting community’s favourite outdoor parties in Macao.