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    Queensland Celebrates Dragon Boat Festival 2014


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     ShanJuLin shared photos taken by her friend Desmond Hoi of the Dragon Boat festival in Brisbane, Australia. She says the festival started in the area in 2010, but is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month on the Lunar Calendar. She says that date has been celebrated for thousands of years. The festival's roots are enshrouded in lore and history. 'The festival commemorates the patriotic poet Qu Yuan, who drowned himself in the river rather than see his country occupied and conquered by the State of Qin,' she explained. One of the events during the festival is a dragon boat racing competition. The race is held every year to scare the fish away and to protect Qu Yuan's body from not being eaten by them.
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    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.

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