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Yesterday, I went with my mom and her friend to visit her friend's daughter who was down from San Francisco as part of the crew for San Francisco Dragon Warriors to race in Long Beach. It was an okay excursion, pretty hot though with a nice cooling breeze most of the time. My poor friend's team came in last even though they were the number 1 boat *snigger*. The irony!

She told us, after they finished racing, that the crew had started late because the announcer didn't have a bullhorn to announce when the race started. Oh well. Perhaps they'll petition to have a bullhorn next time.

My mom told me about the cultural and historical origins of the Dragon Boat Festival, which is typically celebrated in the fifth month on the fifth day of the Chinese calendar. I have no idea when that's supposed to be as translated to the calendar used by the U.S. and Europe. I guess it's sometime in July since that's when they had the races. *scratches head* It's actually a bit of a morbid festival, a bit like Guy Fawkes Day for the British, but instead of celebrating the death of a traitor, Dragon Boat Festival celebrates the deliberate suicide of a patriot who was protesting a corrupt government.

Here's a picture of a dragon boat:


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