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Dragon Boat Festival

Party time to the tune of ancient tradition in Victoria Harbour

While the origins of the statutory Duanwu Festival holiday may be a point of contention for many – tales of dead poets and royal advisors, dragon worship and harvest – the modern celebration in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour has known roots going back to 1976, when local fishermen took part in a dragon race. On the fifth day of the fifth lunar month (typically sometime in June), this carnival draws thousands to the Victoria Harbour waterfront to watch teams take to the water in their ornately carved dragon boats, and soak up the party atmosphere.


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