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42nd Annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Virtual Programs of 42nd Annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival


(Boston, June 6, 2021) The 42nd Annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will be celebrated via virtual programs on Sunday, June 13, 2021, 12:00 p.m. the virtual programs will showcase local, state and international leaders’ well-wishes, greetings from dragon boat racing teams, colorful Asian cultural performances by local, national and international groups, and memorable moments of races from the past years. Join us on-line at our website or YouTube channel (

Some highlights include:

  • Music Ensemble “Dragon Boat” by Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

  • Traditional and modern performances recommended by China National Arts Fund

  • Local and national Asian performances featuring China, India, Japan, Korea and Philippine

  • Wellness Warriors team’s tradition of Flower Ceremony

  • Beautiful and exciting photos and videos of races in past years

  • Program emcees are Dora Guo, 2019 first place winner of Distinguished Young Women of America and Dylan Walker, master program student at Beijing Language & Culture University

  • On Sunday June 13th, videos of fun games and cultural activities will be made available on our website for you to explore, learn and gain a deeper understanding of Asian cultures

Thank you all for your support for the annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, the largest Asian cultural festival in New England and the oldest dragon boat festival in North America. Next year we will see you on the Charles River by John W. Weeks Foot Bridge!

Traditionally held on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month (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 learned the news that Chu had been conquered by Qin. Heart broken, 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 and races 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. It is now the largest Asian cultural festival in New England. The Boston festival is used as a vehicle to promote Asian cultures and dragon boat racing, as well as to bring diverse communities together in Boston and the surrounding areas. Every year, more than 30,000 people lined the banks of the Charles to enjoy the festivities and performances.

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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壹家傑出的詩人。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忠誠。公元前278,屈原聽聞楚國已經被入侵。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,他們便裏粽子投向江水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讓屈原安息。


如今端午節龍舟賽已經成為世界上的壹項熱門運動和節慶,而北美的第壹箇龍舟節就是在1979年時始創於波士頓,迄今四十二周年,近年來每年有三萬人前來參加。 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。感謝大家的參與和支持,波士頓龍舟節一定會越辦越好。



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