Capital City Dragon Boat Race
Confucius Institute at Michigan State University (CI-MSU) invites you to
join the cultural event that we sponsored, Dragon Boat Race, on Sunday, May 21, 2017 (race practice on May 20, 2017). Organized by the Women
Center of Greater Lansing and sponsored by CI-MSU, the 2017 Dragon Boat
Race has already attracted lots of teams to participate in the
are recruiting 20 boat team members (18 paddlers, 1 drummer, and 1 flag
catcher); females and males are both welcome (at least 8 females per
boat), to represent our CI-MSU's boat. You will need to attend 2-hour practice on
May 20 (Saturday) and May 21 (Sunday) for the actual race (two day
commitment). Lunch, snacks, and a free T-shirt will be provided for team
For more event information, please clink the link below:
CI Dragon Warrior
Event Date & Time:
Saturday (5/20) 2 hours between 10:30 am to 4pm
Sunday (5/21) from 8am to 5pm
Practice Day Agenda (5/20):
Each team will get 2 hour designated time to practice from 10:30am to 4pm.
Specific practice time to be determined.
Race Day Agenda (5/21):
7:30am: Group Tai-chi Workout / Awakening the dragon ceremony
8:30am: Race Start
* Depends on the team performance, each team will race several times throughout the day;
full day commitment on 5/21 is needed!!
Hawk Island Park, Lansing, MI
Registration & Waiver:
To register as a boat-team member, please contact:
with your name / phone number / T-shirt Size / Gender
Particiapnts must be at least 14 years old to race. If you are under 18 years old, a parent or guardian is required. Paddlers need to commit to both 5/20 and 5/21.
You will need to sign the athelte waiver on practice day (5/20) and you will receive an athelet wristband at the practice to use for the race. The deadline for registration is April 30th, 2017.
origins dating back 2,300 years, Dragon Boat Race is a traditional
Chinese cultural event and has become one of the fastest-growing
corporate team-building activities in the United States. If you want to
explore Chinese culture, don't miss this wonderful opportunity. Even if
you don't want to participate in the race, you can experience
Chinese culture and learn more about CI-MSU by participating in our
various activities for kids and adults. Come support your local
community and CI-MSU by watching the races and visiting the Confucius
Institute booth in Hawk Island Park.
See you at the race!
Click the following links for more information:
Agenda (Coming Soon)
Boat Seating Plan
History of the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival:
Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is a significant holiday celebrated in
China, and the one with the longest history. The Dragon Boat Festival is
celebrated by boat races in the shape of dragons. Competing teams row
their boats forward to a drumbeat racing to reach the finish end first.
boat races during the Dragon Boat Festival are traditional customs to
attempts to rescue the patriotic poet Qu Yuan. Qu Yuan drowned on the
fifth day of the fifth lunar month in 277 B.C. Chinese citizens now
throw bamboo leaves filled with cooked rice into the water. Therefore
the fish could eat the rice rather than the hero poet. This later on
turned into the custom of eating tzungtzu and rice dumplings.
celebration's is a time for protection from evil and disease for the
rest of the year. It is done so by different practices such as hanging
healthy herbs on the front door, drinking nutritious concoctions, and
displaying portraits of evil's nemesis, Chung Kuei. If one manages to
stand an egg on it's end at exactly 12:00 noon, the following year will
be a lucky one.