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Boston Dragon Boat Festival

6/09/2007 03:05:00 PM
It's been a tough weekend. It's been a very gloomy Saturday. But fear not, tomorrow should be sunnier (but still a little cold). And, I have the perfect event for you to checkout while you're outside.

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival of Boston will be taking place tomorrow, Sunday June 10th. Boat racing starts at 9am so don't party too hard tonight if you want to be there for the start. Offical website and events schedule can be found (here).

A Little History Lesson:

Traditionally held on the fifth day of the fifth moon on the lunar calendar -- late May to mid June on the solar calendar (June 19th for 2007) -- the Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the life and death of the ancient patriot-poet Qu Yuan who lived from 340-278 B.C. Qu Yuan was a minister who advocated reforms in his home state of Chu. The King refused to listen to Qu Yuan's advice and instead banished him from the state of Chu. In exile, Qu Yuan wrote poetry expressing his concern for his country and people. In 278, when Qu Yuan heard that his home had been invaded, he drowned himself in the Mi Lo River.

So if you're free tomorrow, go out and get yourself a lesson in the Chinese culture. Racing starts at 9am and food, arts & crafts, and other entertainment starts around noon.

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