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 15, 2019. Organized by the Women Center of Greater Lansing and sponsored by CI-MSU, the 2019 Dragon Boat Race has already attracted 17 teams to participate in the competition.

With 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.

Dragon boat

Event Date & Time:
Sunday (9/15) from 8 am to 5 pm

Event day Agenda:
08:30 am: Awakening the dragon ceremony
09:00 am: Team practice
12:00 pm: Race Start
* Based on the team performance, each team will race several times throughout the day.
9:00 am: Chinese culture activity booths open

Hawk Island Park, Lansing, MI

History of the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival:

The 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.

The 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.

The celebration 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 its end at exactly 12:00 noon, the following year will be a lucky one.