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Queensland Celebrates Dragon Boat Festival 2014
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
Report by Shan Ju Lin
Photos by Desmond Hoi
Organised by Hakka Association of Queensland, “Dragon Boat Racing and Multicultural Festival” was held on 1st June 2014 at 10:00am to 2:00pm at Forest Lake, Brisbane City, Queensland State of Australia, to celebrate traditional Dragon Boat Festival.
The event futures Dragon Boat Racing, Multicultural Performances and Traditional Hakka Food, were warmly welcomed by the wider Taiwanese and Multicultural Communities in Queensland.
Attended VIPs including General Director of Taipei Economic & Cultural Office Mr. Wen-Cheng Sung, Deputy Chair of Taiwan Hakka Committee Mrs. Zhong Wang Mei, Queensland State Member Anthony Shorten MP, Freya Ostapovitch MP, Mark Stewart MP, Brisbane City Councillor Steven Huang and Cr. Angela Owen-Taylor.
Queensland Hakka Association President Mrs. Florence Day says that The Dragon Boat Racing teams was formed by multicultural communities, which was designed to enhance inter-cultural understanding and promoting social harmony. During the 6 weeks preparation of the racing, communities have developed their friendship and mutual cooperation. Mrs. Day also said that the amount of people attended the event apparently increased a lot than the previous years, she has also received a lot of positive feedbacks, she is very glad with the outcome.
Taiwanese food stalls set up by various Taiwanese organisations were successfully introduced Taiwanese Cuisine to the wider multicultural communities of Queensland. Especially the rice dumpling – traditional food for Dragon Boat Festival were loved by all attendants.
The “Dragon Boat Racing and Multicultural Festival” is a yearly event, sponsored by Brisbane City Council.