Here Be Dragons!

CBPS teacher Maggie Cross says: we used to have Dragon Boats in Hong Kong and my dad used to race in the Kwri Lo team- foreign devils!!   Here is a photo of the team from the 1950s.  My dad is the one standing up.  You get a glimpse of the old boats in the background.
Dragon and Peony by Sue S – inspired by teacher Paul Maslowski

The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, hence it is also called “Double Fifth Festival”. This year it is on 3rd June.  One legendary origin is a commemoration of the drowned poet Qu Yuan, though there are other stories and customs.

Bad luck is associated with the number 5 because of the Five Noxious Creatures -snakes, scorpions, centipedes, toads and spiders.  This is warded off with the plants Artemisia and Calamus.  Artemisia is also known as the less than euphonious mugwort.
Water lily and dragonfly by Colin B