Week 50: Celebration

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Tueng Ng Festival, takes place on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, but goes on all summer as I understand it, and it was in full swing when we were there in June. The event goes as far back as the 3rd century and is known for its energetic and colorful dragon boat races, where teams of paddlers race the long narrow boats accompanied by the beat of the drum down to the finish line.

According to one popular legend, the Dragon Boat Festival has its origins in the old man Qu Yuan, an official that was so disillusioned with his country’s government that he drowned himself in protest by jumping in the river (not enough of us are doing this in the States).

The locals rushed to the site, paddling on their boats and banging drums, gongs and everything they could find to scare away anything that might harm Qu Yuan in hopes to find and rescue him, but alas, they were not successful. You win some, you lose some.

Today the Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated all over the world, but nowhere more so than in Hong Kong, which attracts hundreds of international teams and hosts a series of events and races throughout the summer months at locales throughout Hong Kong.

Dragonboat Races

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