Dragon Boat Festival. • Courtesy Photo
Dragon Boat Festival. • Courtesy Photo

The Seattle Public Library will present traditional Chinese songs, dances and instruments from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 5 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-684-0849.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. Tickets and registration are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $7. Chinese text describing this event is available in the Library’s calendar.

The Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday that occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calendar—on June 9th this year. Although there are many theories on how this holiday originated, the most popular is that it is a commemoration of China’s first known poet Qu Yuan, who lived during the Warring States Period. People celebrate the holiday by eating sticky rice dumplings, drinking realgar wine, racing dragon boats and more.

This event is presented in partnership with the North American Chinese Performing Artists Group.

For more information, call the Library at 206-684-0849 or Ask A Librarian.

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