Capital City Dragon Boat Race
Confucius Institute at Michigan State University (CI-MSU) invites you to
join the cultural event that we sponsored, Dragon Boat Race, on Sunday, September 16, 2018. Organized by the Women
Center of Greater Lansing and sponsored by CI-MSU, the 2018 Dragon Boat
Race has already attracted 17 teams to participate in the
origins dating back 2,300 years, Dragon Boat Race is a traditional
Chinese cultural event and has become one of the fastest-growing
corporate team-building activities in the United States. During this event, you would experience
Chinese culture and learn more about CI-MSU by participating in our
various activities for kids and adults. Come support your local
community and CI-MSU by watching the races and visiting the Confucius
Institute booth in Hawk Island Park.
Event Date & Time:
Sunday (9/16) from 7 am to 5 pm
Event day Agenda:
7:00 am: Group Tai-chi Workout / Awakening the dragon ceremony
7:30 am: Race Start
* Based on the team performance, each team will race several times throughout the day.
8:30 am: Chinese culture activity booths open
Hawk Island Park, Lansing, MI
History of the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival:
Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is a significant holiday celebrated in
China, and the one with the longest history. The Dragon Boat Festival is
celebrated by boat races in the shape of dragons. Competing teams row
their boats forward to a drumbeat racing to reach the finish end first.
boat races during the Dragon Boat Festival are traditional customs to
attempts to rescue the patriotic poet Qu Yuan. Qu Yuan drowned on the
fifth day of the fifth lunar month in 277 B.C. Chinese citizens now
throw bamboo leaves filled with cooked rice into the water. Therefore
the fish could eat the rice rather than the hero poet. This later on
turned into the custom of eating tzungtzu and rice dumplings.
celebration's is a time for protection from evil and disease for the
rest of the year. It is done so by different practices such as hanging
healthy herbs on the front door, drinking nutritious concoctions, and
displaying portraits of evil's nemesis, Chung Kuei. If one manages to
stand an egg on it's end at exactly 12:00 noon, the following year will
be a lucky one.