Dragon Boat Festival at the Library

This year, we partnered with the Kansas City Public Library — Plaza Branch to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival.

The event kicked off with a dragon dance and then patrons were invited to try their hand at making origami dragon boats. The completed projects were then raced down ‘water’ to see who could rescue Qu Yuan. Winners were awarded with a poster.

Also at the library, was a display featuring a giant origami dragon as well as the story of the festival and some items commonly associated with the event, like zhong zi.

For a history of Qu Yuan and the festival, you can read our piece from last year.

The activity was popular with many children and some adults! Thank you, KCPL-Plaza for allowing us to partner with you and help celebrate Chinese culture!

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Crestview Elementary Cultural Fair

On the evening of Wednesday, April 26th, 2017, students of Crestview Elementary had the opportunity to interact with different cultures and explore the idea, “We Are One, But We Are Many”. To prepare for the fair, students learned some Mexican folk dances, which they performed for the school. Students also had the opportunity to “travel” around their gymnasium with “passports” to have signed by the various countries represented. The CCGKC had a blast teaching students how to make zongzi out of strips of paper in honor of the story of the Dragon Boat Festival. The school children enjoyed the hands-on craft, the brief history lesson, and the passport signature of their name in Chinese writing.