4 Things You Need to Know about Dragon Boat Carnival 2017

Posted on May 31 2017

This Tuesday marks the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar – kicking off summertime with a festival that dates back to the 3rd century. On the following weekend, from June 2nd to 4th, Hong Kong’s Dragon Boat Carnival will be returning for another year, with 5,000 athletes from 12 different countries set to compete in dragon boat races.

Here’s what you’ll find at Central Harbour Front…

Races with a view

With the largest number of international teams and athletes ever this year, Central Harbour front will be packed with rows and rows of beautifully designed boats from around the world.

BeerFest is Back

Lots and lots of ice-cold beer along with a vintage Mega Pinball Machine, games and photo ops.

Food Trucks Added to the Mix

For the first time ever, fourteen food trucks are going to be lined up on-site to serve up delicious local delicacies

Hong Kong Pride

There’ll be a dragon boat themed graffiti wall done by local artists, local handicraft stalls, and performances by popular local DJs, groups and singers – as well as plenty of opportunities to contribute to local charities.

 So, what is the Dragon Boat Festival actually about?

There are a few different interpretations about the specific origin story of the popular holiday, but the commonly accepted belief is that the Dragon Boat Festival began with heart-breaking story of an iconic and beloved Chinese poet, Qu Yuan, who drowned himself in protest against corrupt rulers. According to legend, when people heard of his suicide, they rushed to the water in fishing boats, banging drums and throwing rice dumplings into the water to save Qu Yuan’s body and to keep fish and evil spirits away. Today, Hong Kong-ers celebrate the Dragon Boat festival to commemorate Qu Yuan’s life with celebrations by the sea – racing dragon boats, banging drums and eating rice dumplings to pay respect to one of the most respected poets in Chinese history.


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