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第三十八屆波士頓香港龍舟節

紀念香港回歸二十周年冠軍杯龍舟賽

 

 

(波士頓2017年5月30日)

波士頓一年一度的香港龍舟賽將於六月十一日(星期日)舉行, 時間中午十二至下午五時。2017年 是波士頓龍舟節和龍舟賽的第三十八週年。大波士頓地區、紐約、羅德島及加拿大渥太華等各地前來參賽的有七十五個龍舟隊,參賽船隊之多創歷年新高。屆時,七十五個隊的龍舟健兒們將在鑼鼓喧天聲中,劃著顏色鮮艷、船身輕盈的香港式龍舟, 在Weeks 步行橋和Western Ave大橋之間的查理斯河中激烈角逐。龍舟賽激烈的競爭將在以下十個分組之間展開:集團組、金融組、醫保組、大學組、中國大學校友組、社區組、俱樂部組及女子組,高中組,以及癌癥幸存者專賽。本年度龍舟賽及節慶由波士頓龍舟節組委會主辦,由以下公司和單位贊助:香港駐紐約經濟貿易辦事處、道富銀行、Harvard Pilgrim Health Care、日產汽車、Eastern Bank、華人醫務中心等。香港駐紐約經濟貿易辦事處處長柏嘉禮,將出席開幕式並頒發為紀念香港回歸二十週年設置的冠軍杯特別獎杯。

 

龍舟賽事十一日清晨開始,文化節目則午間開場。所有的活動均免費向遊客開放。贊助商、主辦方及特邀嘉賓將於十二時為龍舟點睛。按照中國傳統習俗,龍在點睛之後騰飛升起。為點睛儀式增添聲勢的是劍橋中國文化中心的中國鼓和大波士頓文協的腰鼓舞。

 

今年的演出,有受歷年端午節龍舟賽觀眾歡迎的劍橋中國文化中心、大波士頓文協的舞蹈,中國民族特色濃郁的旗袍時裝秀,韓國傳統舞蹈、韓國武術表演,中國舞龍舞獅和日式大鼓表演。大受觀眾歡迎的著名歌手馮麗麗今年也會為我們帶來兩首動聽的中國歌曲。今年更為特別的還有特邀嗩吶表演藝術家郭雅誌先生為大家演奏清脆嘹亮的中國民族樂器嗩吶。喜歡現代時尚的觀眾,你們也有機會大飽眼福,觀看田博超先生的太空街舞。

 

今年的表演加介紹並邀請觀眾參與的展演活動,保留了去年的亞洲文化中心太極班的太極展示, 另外邀請了波士頓京劇協會為大家演示經典京劇片段,並教授京劇基本手勢和步式,以及女子巾幗舞獅隊和觀眾互動並表演舞獅。當然還有必不可少的大波士頓文協的傳統手工製作以及衆多亞洲美食攤位擺賣,請光臨參與並欣賞。

 

每年農歷五月初五(陽歷五月下旬至6月中旬)的端午節是為了紀念中國古代詩人愛國人士屈原(340-278 BCE)。作為楚國的政治領袖,屈原被認為是中國第一家傑出的詩人。屈原失去了國王的

青睞並且被被驅逐出他的家鄉楚國是因為他反對向強大的秦國妥協。在流亡期間,他寫的詩“離騷”顯示屈原對故國和人民的極大的忠誠。在公元前278,屈原聽說楚國已經被入侵。在絕望中他在汨羅江自盡。等楚國人趕到河裏去救他已經來不及了,他們向江水裏粽子以紀念屈原愛國的精神,同時也希望吃了粽子的魚兒們能夠從他的身上移開。

 

如今端午節龍舟賽已經成為世界上的一項熱門運動和節慶,而北美的第一箇龍舟節就於1979年始創於波士頓,迄今三十八年。這個慶祝活動向美國和世界人民介紹端午節龍舟賽,為推廣中國的以及亞洲的文化,發揮了巨大的作用。在大家的參與和支持下,波士頓龍舟節定能永保青春並越辦越好。

 

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38th Annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Hong Kong 20th Anniversary Cup Championship Race

 

 

(Boston, June 1, 2017) Come celebrate the 38th Annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday, June 11, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. This year, it will be a special race, Hong Kong 20th Anniversary Cup Championship Race,to commemorate the return of Hang Kong to China.

 

Spectators will be able to watch brightly colored dragon boats, piloted by paddlers from New England, New York and Montreal Canada, as they race down the Charles River from Western Avenue Bridge. The festival is sponsored in part by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Hong Kong ETO), State Street, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Eastern Bank, Nissan, South Cove Community Health Center and Boston Dragon Boat Festival Committee.

 

Located by John W. Weeks Foot Bridge on the Charles River between JFK Avenue and Western Avenue, this year’s festival will feature a record breaking 75 teams competing in ten categories designated with special races and medals for the Colleges including Chinese University Alumni, Financial Institutions, Corporate, Health Care, Women’s, Club, Community and Recreational, High School and Cancer Survivors Divisions. 

 

While races start in the morning, cultural programs will begin at 12 Noon. All programs are free and family friendly for visitors. Sponsors, founders and committee members will paint the eyes of the dragonhead on each boat at the dock on Boston side. This is an ancient Chinese ceremony that is believed to enable the dragon to soar with the utmost power. The Eye-dotting Ceremony will take place in the accompaniment of traditional Chinese drumming along both banks of the Charles by drummers from Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association (GBCCA) and Cambridge Center for Chinese Culture (CCCC). Steve Barclay, Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York, will be present at the opening ceremony and present a special championship cup for the Hong Kong 20th Anniversary Cup Championship Race.

 

The Opening Ceremony will be followed by cultural programs and performances. There will be traditional Chinese music ad dance by GBCCA, CCCC Dance Troupe,traditional Korean dance by Boston Korean Dance Group, Korean Tae Kwon-Do presentation by Jae Hun Kim Tae Kwon-Do Institute, as well as returning favorites such as Dragon and Lion Dances and Chinese martial arts by Wahlum Kungfu and traditional Japanese Taiko drumming by Odaiko New England. Ms. Lili Feng, a favorite contemporary singer from China, will appear for the second year because of high demand! The festival is also very fortunate to have invited a master Suona player, Mr. Yazhi Guo, to present to the audience a very traditional Chinese music instrument Suona. Audience favoring a modern flair will be able to enjoy break dance by a young street dance artist Mr. Bochao Tian. 

 

We will continue to bring to visitors interactive cultural demonstrations for the second year since its debut in 2016. Join in a Taiji demonstration on the banks of Charles by Storrow Drive, or watch a few pieces of classic Beijing Opera and learn its basic hand gestures and steps. Young visitors will also be excited to try their own lion dance with Gunkwok Lion Dance Troupe!

 

GBCCA will bring us fun and beautiful hands-on Chinese arts and crafts. Come also to sample various Asian foods featuring Chinese, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese and more lining the side of Memorial Drive.

 

Traditionally held on the fifth day of the fifth moon on the lunar calendar (late May to mid June on the solar calendar), the Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the life and death of Qu Yuan (340-278 BCE). A political leader of State of Chu, Qu Yuan is recognized as China’s first distinguished poet. Qu Yuan lost the king’s 

favor and was banished from his home state of Chu because of his opposition to the prevalent policy of compromise to the powerful state of Qin. In exile, he wrote the poem, “Encountering Sorrow,” which shows a great loyalty to his state and its people. In 278 BCE, Qu Yuan heard that Chu had been invaded. In despair, he drowned himself in the Mi Lo River. The people of Chu rushed to the river to rescue him. Too late to save Qu Yuan, they splashed furiously and threw zong-zi (traditional rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves) into the river as a sacrifice to his spirit and to keep the fish away from his body. 

 

Today, Dragon Boat Festivals are popular around the world. The first Dragon Boat Festival in the United States was held in Boston in 1979, the first in North America. The Boston festival is used as a vehicle to promote Asian culture and a chance to bring together diverse communities from Boston and surrounding areas. In previous years, more than 20,000 people lined the banks of the Charles to enjoy the festivities and performances.

 

For more information on Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, please go to our website: www.bostondragonboat.org

 

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