Dragon Boat Race

April 11, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

On April 1st (Sunday), the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Association has organized the 55th Festival of Sports: Dragon Boat Races at Shek Mun (Shatin District).

Our university has sent out 3 teams to participate in the Women and Post-Secondary Colleges categories. One of our team was emerged as the Champion for the Post-Secondary Colleges category.

Dragon Boat Races is one of the event held in conjunction with the celebration of Dragon Boat Festival. Dragon Boat Festival (also known as Duanwu Festival in China) is in memory of a great patriot poet of the State of Chu during the warring States period (475-221 B.C.), Qu Yuan who drowned himself to protest his emperor who gave in to the bully State of Chin. To avoid the fish to consume his body, people of Chin launched their boats and threw rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves into the river where he was drowned to feed the fish. People today still eat the bamboo-leaf rice dumplings (zong zi). Teams of dragon boats, similar to long canoes, train for weeks for the contests in this day, not only in China, but also in other Asian countries with Chinese populations.

The Dragon Boat Festival falls on the 5th day of the fifth Chinese lunar month. The Chinese people including Hong Kong will enjoy one day off on this day. The 2012 festival will falls on June 23.