We attended the 12th Annual Asian Festival and 6th Annual Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius, NC. The festival celebrates Asian cultures, diversity, ethnicity, roots and history. I will post a video when I have more time.
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A moment of silence for victims in Japan.
Drum rolling for the Traditional Dragon Dance by the Peaceful Dragon Academy.
Back in the days, the dragon dance was performed originally by farmers to appease the dragon king so that he would send rain to their parched lands. The pearl that the dragon chases represents the sun, which means wisdom. This signifies the dragon’s endless pursuit for wisdom (source).
Since I didn’t have my wide angle lens with me I couldn’t capture the whole group, but I’m glad that I was able to get these shots with my telephoto lens.
I didn’t get to see the whole cultural program. This performance was performed by young Laotian dancers.
There’s a young Laotian dancer sitting in the crowd watching.
Chinese Martial Arts demo by Peaceful Dragon.
Dance from India
She has a beautiful voice, I did do a video clip of her song and will post later.
Lee and Na each got a Henna painting on their hands.
Bo helped support by buying the t-shirt, definitely a Love, Hope for Japan.
An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury and in this case for the victims in Japan. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures, and is said to live for a thousand years. In Japan, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person’s wish come true. source. In that case, it’s a group effort to fold 1000+ paper origami cranes to send over to Japan.
One of the best food venues’ chef was Ai No selling Japanese Cuisine.
Bo helped some this year.
Bubble tea was a big hit, I think they sold out before the festival ended.
Teams waiting for the race.
It’s nice and cooler by the lake.
I have to say that we couldn’t have asked for a better weather. We took a shuttle bus to the festival and on the way back we waited on line for the bus for over an hour, then the line started moving. I was joking with Lee that we probably have to walk back to our car and sure enough the bus got stuck in the ditch and blocked the traffic. You can see the rear of the bus at the bottom right hand corner of the picture and people heading back to their car walking. They said it’s a 15 minutes walk. I couldn’t walk that far, so Bo went to get the car and came back to pick us up. That was fun.
This is our second year attending the Charlotte Dragon Boat festival, my dad and second sister also came along. We got there in time for the dragon dance. Back in the days, the dragon dance was performed originally by farmers to appease the dragon king so that he would send rain to their parched lands. The pearl that the dragon chases represents the sun, which means wisdom. This signifies the dragon’s endless pursuit for wisdom (source). So not very often that you have the mighty dragon bow before you.
The statue of Gandhi stands high, greeting people as they enter the park, the very words of his wisdom “It is good to see ourselves as others see us. Try as we may, we are never able to know ourselves fully as we are, especially the evil side of us. This we can do only if we are not angry with our critics but will take in good heart whatever they might have to say.”
The fabric of our lives, from a young child to the wise elder. The message here is ‘to respect tradition.’