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June 18, 2018 – Dragon Boat Festival

Today, June 18, 2018, is public holiday in China as the Chinese celebrate the Duanwu Festival or Dragon Boat Festival  The Festival is also marked in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.

The Festival occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar.  The occasion commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese scholar and poet, Qu Yuan.  He was a loyal minister in the country of Chu and served the King of Chu during the Warring States Period in the third century BC.  Over time, he fell out of favour with his sovereign and was exiled.  During his exile, Qu Yuan wrote many poems to express his anger and sorrow with his sovereign and people.

When Qu Yuan learned that the country of Qin had defeated his country in battle, tied to a stone, he threw himself into the river and drowned.  The people of Chu mourned the death of Qu Yuan by tossing rice dumplings into the river – saying they were to feed fish and seafood but not to disturb Qu Yaun’s body.  To this day, rice dumplings are eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival in memory of Qu Yuan.

2018, marks the 30th Anniversary of the Toronto International Dragon Race Festival – an event that brings sports, team spirit and community spirit together.  

Toronto is a proud multicultural city that embraces a wide variety of cultures and faiths.  Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. It is important to recognize each and every community that plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.

As the Newcomer’s Advocate with the City of Toronto I strongly believe that we must work to together to promote togetherness. We must Respect our newcomer communities. We must Accept our newcomer communities. We should Celebrate our diversity and Embrace our different cultures and traditions, because we are all part of the human RACE.









多伦多是一个值得骄傲的多元文化城市,其中包括各种各样的文化和信仰。我们的城市之所以繁荣, 是因为多元化的人们选择以多伦多为家。重要的是每个社区都被认可,以及每个社区都给多伦多社会和文化景观增添活力。