I attended the Dragon Boat Carnival 2013 co-organised by Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA) and Toa Payoh Central Community Club. Now in its third year, the event commemorating the Dumpling Festival, was held at the Toa Payoh Community Library's amphitheatre.
"dry" dragon boat race Photo credit : SPH
It was the first time I saw a "dry" dragon boat race. Spectators cheered as the teams, each comprising six members, ran a 50m course while having their feet strapped onto two long planks. It was a fun activity and had the spectators roaring with laughter when the members couldn't co-ordinate their feet movements and fell on top of one another.
students demonstrating the Chinese art of tea drinking
Students from Dunman High School introduced several traditional Chinese culture. I was interested in the Chinese calligraphy and painting demonstrations.
This Chinese painting of chicks is so pretty that I persuaded the owner to part with it. I was ecstatic when she gave it to me. I am going to have it framed. :)
The Dumpling Festival is held on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. It is also called Duan Wu Jie (端午节), or the Dragon Boat Festival (龙舟节). It falls on 12 June (Wednesday) this year.