Dragon Boat Festival 2024: Experience Rich Tapestry of Chinese Culture at Chinatown Singapore this June - Alvinology

Dragon Boat Festival 2024: Experience Rich Tapestry of Chinese Culture at Chinatown Singapore this June

Chinatown Singapore prepares to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival from June 7th to 9th, 2024, along Smith Street. Organized by the Chinatown Business Association (CBA) in collaboration with various partners, this vibrant event promises an unforgettable experience for all.

Dragon Boat Festival 2024: Experience Rich Tapestry of Chinese Culture at Chinatown Singapore this June - Alvinology

Exploring Tradition and Culture

Delve into the origins and cultural significance of the Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, through a series of engaging activities. Learn the art of making traditional Hainanese rice dumplings, discover the history behind dragon boat races, and immerse yourself in the captivating performances of lion dances, dragon dances, Guzheng music, and Cantonese Opera.

Honoring Tradition, Making Memories

The festival, deeply rooted in Chinese heritage, pays homage to Qu Yuan, a revered poet and statesman from ancient China. Originating from southern China, the festival evolved from the worship of the river dragon to commemorate Qu Yuan’s patriotism and sacrifice during the Warring States period.

Dragon Boat Festival 2024: Experience Rich Tapestry of Chinese Culture at Chinatown Singapore this June - Alvinology

Interactive Exhibitions and Workshops

Experience the festival’s essence at the “Dragon Boat Festival: Of Thumping Drumbeats and Delicious Dumplings” exhibition, hosted by CBA in collaboration with Sun Yat-Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. Uncover the festival’s history, the significance of rice dumplings across different Chinese dialect groups, and the evolution of dragon boat races.

Participate in hands-on workshops such as the Hainanese Bak Chang workshop, where you can learn to craft pyramid-shaped rice dumplings filled with savory delights. Alternatively, embark on a journey of wellness and tradition at the “A Sip of Heritage with Rice Wines” workshop, exploring the health benefits of rice wine and mastering the art of making sweet, fermented rice wine.

Dragon Boat Festival 2024: Experience Rich Tapestry of Chinese Culture at Chinatown Singapore this June - Alvinology

Exciting Games and Activities

Thrill-seekers can test their mettle at the Dragon Boat Race or compete in the calorie-burning contest for a chance to win Chinatown Food and Beverage Vouchers. Families can enjoy a myriad of activities, including lantern riddles, storytelling, dragon boat craft workshops, and traditional childhood games like pitch-pot and hopscotch.

Make a Wish, Make a Difference

Support a meaningful cause by purchasing a Wish Dumpling sachet for $5 and hanging your wishes on the Wishing Wall. All proceeds will be donated to the Association of Person with Special Needs (APSN), with donors standing a chance to win a 2D1N staycation package.

Join the Celebration

Admission to the Dragon Boat Festival is free, offering an inclusive experience for everyone. For selected workshops, tickets can be purchased on Peatix.

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