The Dragon Boat Festival 2013 was held on this weekend in Victoria, B.C. It is a popular event here where paddlers come from all over Canada and the United States for fun and friendly competition and races. I will post a few pictures of the races and festivities.
Some of these pictures are of the Ocean Rain Chinese Dancers that performed on the stage while we were there today. They were really wonderful!
This is some info I found on the Dragon Boat Website:
"The Dragon Boat Festival - "Duan Wu Jie" in Chinese - is traditionally celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Most believe dragon boat festivals were established to commemorate a great patriot poet, Qu Yuan."
Qu Yuan was in the court of the Emperor Huai around 475-221 BC. He fought against corruption and was exiled. He fell into despair and flung himself into the Miluo River. He was not found but the local people threw rice and food into the water to stop the fish from eating him. Since that time he is commemorated by having the Dragon Races and by remembering the importance of loyalty and commitment to the community. These festivals are held worldwide now. (credit to the Dragon Boat website for the info)
They also say that there is another theory that the very ancient Chinese communities may have had these celebrations to hold "evil" at bay as they believed the fifth month in the Chinese Lunar Calender is evil and the fifth day is really bad too. Whatever history the Dragon Boat Races comes from, it now is a beautiful, fun and friendly competition with lots of celebrations.
Bright paper lanterns are hung along the Inner Harbour.
My sister-in-law was in the races today and I am so proud of her. She is very athletic.
Now for the birdy part:
My Funny Finches:
I have a lot of Goldfinches in the backyard now. They are curious and funny! They try to eat the fat!
They bring in fluffy cuddly babies for me to see.
They check out the hummers feeders.
Basically they are decorating the entire backyard with golden birds...so cute and pretty. And the song they sing sounds like this " soooo sweet"!
Birds are amazing little things.
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