AAEHS (Asian American Elderly Humanitarian Society)
AAEHS and ABCT present:
11TH DRAGON BOAT & ZHONGZI (Chinese Tamales) FESTIVAL
Kick-Off: Saturday, May 24, 2014 @ 4:30 pm
Lion Dancing on Grant Avenue, SF—marching from the Chinatown Gate (Bush Street) to New Sun Hong Kong Restaurant (Columbus & Broadway); and then to Stockton Street, turning on Clay Street to Waverly Place for a grand finale.
Special Dragon Event:
Sunday, May 25, 2014 @ Noon
Dragon will march the same route on Grant Avenue from the Chinatown Gate. At Waverly Place, the grand finale will feature the Chinese Folk Music Group.
LION DANCING: EVERY SATURDAY
From May 24 to August 30, 2014 @ 4:30 pm
For a total of 15 Saturdays, Lion Dancers will march on Grant Avenue from the Chinatown Gate to New Sun Hong Kong Restaurant (Columbus & Broadway); and then to Stockton Street & Clay Street and ending at Waverly Place.
The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival falls on the 5th day of the 5th month in the lunar calendar, or June 2nd this year. There are two parts to this major festival. Rice tamales (zhongzi or joong in Cantonese) are eaten. And the other renowned activity is dragon boat racing. The two traditions go hand in hand—based on a historical patriotic poet named Qu (Chu) Yuan, who lived about 2,000 years ago. He was beloved by the common people but could not help them because of corrupt officials. He chose to jump into the river rather than obey the emperor’s orders. People respected his heroic act and they made zhongzi during this time of year, throwing them into the river so sea creatures would not eat his flesh. Traditionally, dragon boat races include lots of drumming to scare away any creatures who would approach his body. In commemorating this historical event, and the 3rd most important festival in Chinese tradition, ABCT will feature lion/ dragon dancing, Chinese folk music and the symbolic food of zhongzi.
For more information, please contact Wilma Pang at (415)-296-8701.