Antiquity Converges With Modernity
Classical Chinese Folklore
Dragon Boat racing has its origins in old tales and fables. It originated more than 2,000 years ago in the lowlands of meridional China as a fertility ritual endured during the Summer Solstice to assure abundant crops and to thwart disappointment. Ancient dragon boat competitions were mock campaigns to stimulate the hibernating Holy Dragon.
Over the eras, another tale was combined. During the Warring States era in China, diplomacies and communities were distinguished by disloyalty and changing communities.
A court administrator and poet identified as Qu Yuan – much admired by the people – was dismissed by the King and in despair, for the destiny of the Kingdom he cherished, jumped into a stream grabbing a huge rock.
The neighborhood villagers rushed out in their yachts and tried in vain to rescue their favorite Qu Yuan. They banged drums and splattered the water with their oars to keep the fish and water monsters from his body. They also threw rice wrapped in lotus stalks to draw fish away.
Dragon Boat Festival
These myths still excite the Festival now. Vividly hued boats with beating drums cross False Creek during the Duan Wu, or Dragon Boat Festival (the 5th day of the 5th lunar month). People eat 粽子, or zhongzi, in celebration of Qu Yuan even now.
East Reaches West
Dragon boat competition in Canada commenced during Expo 86 in Vancouver, when the administration of Hong Kong gifted six teak dragon boats to the town to operate races in the essence of sport, unity, social compromise, and fellowship.
From its origins in False Creek, the sport developed immediately across Canada and has now matured to become the world’s fastest-growing sport with 50 million paddlers now on each continent.
The dragon boat is different as a sport; it is even parts of culture and competition. Primary races cannot commence without invoking the essence of the dragons from their powerful perches in the isolated hills and clouds, nor can it occur without aerospace-grade propellers and frame-by-frame review of termination line times.
About The Sport
Most competitions occur in 22 person boats (20 paddlers, one drummer, and one steersperson), with a shorter boat also used in few races (12 people: 10 paddlers, one drummer, and one steersperson).
The sport is a global sensation, with superior groups of paddlers and celebrations across the world. Celebrated events include the Hong Kong races and Vancouver.
The sport varies from a recreational pursuit for unskilled paddlers of any age group to high-performance elite competition where milliseconds resolve whether a unit wins a reward or not.
Awakening Of The Dragons
Boat Blessing And Eye Dotting Ceremony
Each year, the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival acknowledges the antique Chinese beliefs following dragon boat racing with mythical Eye Dotting and Dragon Boat Blessing Ceremony.
They request priests and members of the gathering of the Evergreen Taoist Church to the waters of False Creek to administer this old-fashioned and eccentric ceremony.
The dragon boats – “costumed” with gorgeous dragon heads and tails – are drawn up. The chanting commences. The clergymen summon the Goddess of the Sea, the Saints, and lighting joss sticks the Immortals through singing and invocation.
This purifies and sanctifies the racetrack, the opponents, and their boats and charges all with the power of the dragon. The priests make donations to the five elements and directions: joss sticks depicting wood for the east, candles signifying fire for the south, water representing its elemental self for the north, flowers representing metal for the west, and fruit symbolizing the earth for the center.
Ancient Chinese dragon belief has it that the dragon hibernates in the cliffs and progresses to the water at the instant when the eyes of the dragon are dotted. Guest dignitaries support in this ritual, dipping brushes in jars of red cinnabar paint and patting the eyes on the boats’ dragon heads.
After the ceremony, the priests supply and satisfy other forces that might be nearby, tossing them 18 coins and painted pulses depicting the five components and commands. Taoism is one of the world’s most traditional religions, beginning in classical China.
Members of the Evergreen Taoist Church are followers of the Complete Reality School – Dragon Gate Sect and follow the teachings of the Immortals, Master Wong Chung-Young, Master Lu Sun-Young, and his pupil Master Yau Cheung-Chun.
Dragon Boat Canada is launching Dragon Boat paddlers to gain victory regionally, nationwide, and worldwide.
Dragon Boat Canada (DBC) is the formal governing organization for the competition of dragon boat racing in Canada. They strive to give dragon boat paddlers the support they require to work at their best.
The festival’s principal parts are in Premier Mixed and Premier Women. These two units each emphasize a series of 500 m races, with the most active teams then sprinting in a 2,000 m turns to race, where up to 18 yachts racing in a time trial.
Up to 42 Junior Mixed teams battle in a separate section, emphasizing a series of 500 m heats, semi-finals, and finals. Other parts incorporate a Premier Open division.
Specialization races include the International Cup (attending companies face off against Canadian teams in an array of races commencing up to a 200 m knockout final), Breast Cancer Championship, U24 Cup, Grand Dragon’s Cup, the Barrier-Free Canada Cup (100 m knockout race supporting money for seven foundations), and Cancer Survivor community.
DBC is accepted globally by the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF). DBC gives the players support and assistance intended to improve this recreation nationwide.
DBC is a federally chartered not-for-profit organization. It is administered by a selected Board of Directors. The board is comprised of members depicting three provinces of Canada.
Eastern: Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia
Western: British Columbia, Alberta, and Yukon, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan
Central: Ontario, Nunavut, Manitoba, and Quebec
A selected President chairs the board. An Executive Director backs the day-to-day operations.
1. Dragon Zone Youth Regatta
The opening race of the season, the Dragon Zone Youth Regatta, is Western Canada’s most comprehensive regatta highlighting youth clubs. Cheer on these junior athletes for free, and immerse in the merry atmosphere!
2. Oddball 2,000 Challenge
Put your company to the last hurdle at the Oddball 2,000 Challenge. The unique race of its class, the Oddball 2,000 Challenge, highlights a 1,000 M seeding race in the daylight, accompanied by a 2,000 M turns race final.
3. Vessi 500 Championship
The Vessi 500 Championship is a broadcasting regatta for the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival, and is the premier race of the Provincial Race Series!
Day 1 highlights Diverse units, while day 2 advances Mixed teams, including Junior and Seniors, plus a Women’s section in the afternoon.
Register over 100 teams at BC’s second-largest dragon boat competition, and attend races come down False Creek every 15 minutes for free.
4. Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival
Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park, and the waters of False Creek come active as a predicted 5,500 paddlers and 100,000 festival-goers gather for North America’s flagship dragon boat holiday.
They embrace over 200 units from across Canada and the world to Vancouver; international guests have previously incorporated teams from Hong Kong, Macau, the USA, China, the Philippines, Germany, Australia, and more.
Anticipate headliner music sing-alongs, artistic presentations and exhibits, a youth and family zone, and culinary contributions that enable you to traverse the world all from the convenience of the Festival.
5. Steveston Dragon Boat Festival
Cover up summer on the sands of the Fraser River. Steveston comes alive as an approximated 1,500 paddlers, and 20,000 festival-goers converge for one of Richmond’s most beloved neighborhood celebrations at Steveston Harbour and Imperial Landing Park.
Guests appreciate recreation, children’s pursuits, and culinary donations, plus competitive dragon boat races from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.
Research And Development
They believe without shifting the limits of the sport; they can’t go everywhere. That’s why the Society associates with funding firms to take advantage of investigation and advancement events.
Their R&D arrangements guarantee that they deliver substantial concrete advantages to their paddling community by coaching people to build or fix yachts in the Lower Mainland, surrendering supplementary boats to paddling associations across the region, but also generates the possibility for people to learn additional talents and begin on distinct career tracks. Watch out for a boat building plan in your city!
They appreciate accepting the assistance of the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia through the Employment Program of British Columbia in supporting their research and development, and boatbuilding arrangements.
Since 1989, they have sought to bring collectively and commemorate Eastern and Western civilizations by performing events and programs that highlight each aspect of their unparalleled multicultural collection.
They build access points within city and nature, land and sea, and East and West. The evening is a triumph of the divergent inspirations that service everything they do.
From guzheng performances, aerial circus acrobats, elevated bites and drinks, sneak previews of music to arrive at the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival, D/6 provided the classic venue to kick off the final 30-day program to North America’s flagship dragon boat festival.
Come down to their performances and competitions to discover how to paddle or to attend world-class racing!
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