A stunning painting of a Dragon Boat race “Dragon Boat”(扒龍船) by artist Tsai Hsueh-hsi (蔡雪溪) from the 1930s’ created a stir on Twitter earlier this week for its vibrant colors and depiction of a lively crowd of Taiwan people.
Some men in western suits, others in Japanese yukata (浴衣), a Japanese garment, and some in Hokkien clothing or Hakka blue shirts are watching boats racing down the Tamsui river in a beautiful trip down memory lane.
The painting reminds us that the origin of Dragon Boat Festival (端午節)traces back to more than 2,000 years. The race recalls peoples’ audacious act to save a poet they respect. It has now become a popular modern sport observed not only by Chinese people but also people in Europe, Canada, the U.S., the Caribbean and Africa.
As the Dragon Boat Festival kicks off, make sure to get a “court-side” seat to witness for yourself, the fun and excitement of the Dragon boat races.