Dragon Boat Festival in Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Dragon Boat Festival in Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Dragon boat festival near urban waterfront park (Aberdeen Promenade; 香港仔海濱公園) in Aberdeen on southwest Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong.

The Dragon Boat Festival (端午节) is an important traditional festival in the Chinese cultural circle of mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, the Japanese archipelago, the Ryukyu Islands, the Korean Peninsula, and Vietnam.

According to legend, the dragon boat festival originated from the death of a Chinese patriotic poet Qu Yuan, in the Warring States period.

He waded into a river to drown himself and died soon after his beloved homeland’s sovereignty on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month when the Dragon Boat Festival is now held.

Qu’s body could not be found, so local people raced out in their boats and threw sticky rice balls into the river to keep fish and evil spirits away from the poet’s body.

To commemorate the Chinese poet, this day is now turned into a dragon boat festival day.

Video Source: Dragon Boat Race 2022 |Aberdeen Hong Kong from Twisty Routes on Youtube CC BY