Updated at 7.18pm: Dragon boat races would be held on Thursday and Saturday to celebrate the Tuen Ng Festival, a government spokesman said on Wednesday. The Tuen Ng Festival, or Dragon Boat Festival, is a traditional Chinese festival to celebrate a famous statesman-poet Qu Yuan - who drowned himself to proclaim his patriotism in the mainland 2,000 years ago. Chinese people celebrate the festival by eating rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo and holding dragon boat races on the Tung Ng Festival - which falls on Saturday this year. The races will be held at Chai Wan on Thursday, and at Sha Tin, Tai Po and Aberdeen waterfronts on Saturday. The race will be officiated by a few government officials, including acting Chief Executive Henry Tang Ying-yen, acting Chief Secretary for Administration Michael Suen Ming-yeung, Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie and other top officials.