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第十二届堪城国际龙舟节
Kansas City International Dragon Boat Festival

第十二届堪城国际龙舟节将于六月十一日在Brush Creek Riverwalk at the Country Club Plaza举行,活动主办方是堪城对华友好协会,堪城华人协会(KCCA)是主要赞助方之一。为保证活动的顺利成功完成,我们征召志愿者为龙舟节保驾护航。凡有意提供义务服务的朋友,请发邮件并注明“龙舟节志愿者”到 kccaks@gmail.com 报名参加。谢谢!


Kansas City will be the site for the 12th Annual International Dragon Boat Festival. The festival is a fun-filled event highlighting the city’s Asian Pacific heritage. It includes an exciting race competition as well as amazing cultural activities, along with food, music, and learning. All are welcome to turn out for a truly memorable experience.

         

         

The festival honors the great poet Qu Yuan and has a long history. It has been celebrated by the Chinese people for over 2300 years. At the heart of the festival are the dragon boat races, which are highly competitive but friendly. Over time the 46-foot rowing boats use in the races have become highly-decorated dragon watercrafts stunning in their appearance. They are now operated by dedicated teams of students, organizations, and other volunteers who have spent months preparing for the ultimate action-packed racing experience.

In conjunction with the races emphasizing a vibrant community spirit, a variety of cultural activities are held on shore above the waterline. Stunning visual performances evoke traditional as well as contemporary arts and customs. Chinese crafts, food, and music also combine to make this event a unique multi-cultural experience for all ages. All of these activities mark this as a day not to miss!

The 12th Annual Kansas City International Dragon Boat Festival is sponsored by the Society for Friendship with China, in close collaboration with the Kansas City Chinese Association and with key financial assistance provided by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund and the Missouri Arts Council. Many other community groups, schools, and businesses from across the Kansas City metropolitan area are active participants.

There is no charge to attend these not to be missed festivities. The festival will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday June 11, 2016, on the Brush Creek Riverwalk at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. For further information, visit www.DragonBoatKC.org.

Qu Yuan - A Patriotic Poet of Warring States Period
Living in the latter part of the Warring States Period (476 BC - 221 BC), Qu Yuan was the earliest great patriotic poet as well as a great statesman, ideologist, diplomat and reformer in ancient China. He has the reputation of being one of the world four great cultural celebrities. The traditional Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated to commemorate him. His patriotic influence has left its mark on many subsequent generations in China and beyond.

Dragon Boat Festival and Qu Yuan
Qu Yuan was a minister to the Zhou emperor during the Warring States Period (475 - 221 BC). He was a wise man who was strongly opposed to the corruption of the imperial court. Because of Qu Yuan’s success, he aroused jealousy in his fellow ministers. They plotted against him and convinced the emperor that Qu Yuan was a traitor. Qu Yuan was banished, and returned to his home town. During his years of banishment, Qu Yuan collected legends and folk tales, and wrote poetry. He never lost his patriotic love for his emperor, and was greatly concerned about the future of the Zhou dynasty.

The Death of Qu Yuan
Eventually the Qin warriors overthrew the Zhou rulers and proceeded to plunder the country. On the 5th day of May, 278 BC, Qu Yuan learned about the fall of his capital city, and in a fit of despair, committed suicide by throwing himself into the Miluo River. The townspeople, hearing of Qu Yuan’s fate, rushed to their boats to try to save him. Since he was much loved, they tried to prevent the fish from eating his body by throwing rice dumplings into the water. They beat drums to keep evil spirits away. To this day, the 5th day of the 5th lunar month is celebrated by eating rice dumplings (zong zi) and racing dragon boats. It is also a day for wearing talismans to keep away evil spirits. Adults drink Xiong Huang wine, and children wear fragrant silk pouches to guard against evil.

Modern Dragon Boat Racing
In Chinese culture, Dragon boat festival has been an important holiday for centuries, but in recent years dragon boat racing has become an international sport.