Join us to celebrate the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival with performances from the Liverpool Hung Gar Kung Fu School. There will be colourful and vibrant dragon dancing performances and Kung Fu demonstrations followed by workshops where you can learn a few moves for yourself. You can also have a go at making a zodiac animal mask and learn about the Chinese calendar.
The Dragon Boat Festival is an important and traditional holiday in China – with a place on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage, it has been a public holiday in China since 2009 but has traditionally been observed in the country for over 2000 years.
The festival is an auspicious occasion, with dragon boat racing as the most important part of the celebrations. The wooden boats involved are elaborately decorated in the form of Chinese dragons and race to the sound of beating drums, with it being said that the winners will have good luck for the next year.
Dragons are an important aspect of traditional Chinese culture, as symbols of power, strength and good luck. The importance of these creatures is also visible in a number of pieces included in China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors, including dragon pendants, belt buckles and wine vessels.