Dragon Boat Festival - Hong Kong A La Carte

17 June 2018

Tomorrow, on 18 June, Dragon Boat races are organised in many areas of Hong Kong. This celebration takes place every year on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month and is also known as Tuen Ng Festival.

The legend says that thousands of years ago, Qu Yuan, an elderly man disillusioned with the government in power, jumped in the river to protest. Villagers rushed to his rescue! While some paddled to him hitting the water to scare the fish away, others threw rice balls at them or drummed from the shore to ask for help.
All these elements are re-enacted during Dragon Boat races when hundreds of colourful and brilliant teams frenetically paddle to win the cup. Sticky rice mixed with meat or other fillings and wrapped in large bamboo leafs are then eaten to commerate Qu Yuan.

 

Our guides have long been at the centre of the action and celebrations and will tell you all you need to know about the Dragon Boat Festival and its tales …

If you would like to know more about Hong Kong’s legends and its folklore, why not book a private guided tour at contact@hkalacarte.com?