Yu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant is happy to share with you news about the “Dragon Boat Race for Literacy” event, the 2000-year old tradition of “dragon boat racing,” coming to Chicago’s Chinatown on Saturday, June 27, 2015 on the Chicago River at Ping Tom Memorial Park.
This is the 15th consecutive year in which colorful dragon-headed and tailed boats race to win the coveted first place. Sponsored by the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Chicago Park District Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Office of 25th Ward Alderman Daniel Solis, the Chicago Marine Heritage Society, and Friends of the Chicago River, the event is likely to bring over 10,000 spectators.
For over 2000, people in China and Asia have practiced this tradition to celebrate the spirit of the great warrior Qu Yuan, who had drowned himself in the river Mi Lo to protest against political corruption. The Dragon Boat Festival, also kwon as Duanwu Jie, typically falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. The story goes that for many years, Qu Yuan’s supporters threw rice into the river to feed his spirit, but that eventually, the offerings were intercepted by a water dragon.
The Dragon Boat Festival and Race has become a popular event throughout the world. This year in Chicago’s Chinatown, 28 boats are expected to participate. The Dragon Boat Race Tournament will begin at 8am and end at about 5pm with the award ceremonies. Visitors will be able to also enjoy on-land musical and dance performances. Children will be amused by plenty of activities, while adults will relish on the offerings of several vendors.
This event is free to the public and all proceeds go to “support and promote local literacy, cultural, and diversity programs.”
Yu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant in Glen Ellyn, IL is happy to share Chinese culture and traditions with our friends.