Just a touch of Chinese history...
People gather on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month to commemorate Qu Yuan (a loved leader) through dragon boat races, eating zong zi (a steamed rice ball with filling that is wrapped in corn leaves) and several other celebratory activities. The dragon boat race is the highlight of the festival, drawing large groups of people. A dragon boat is much like a canoe that is brightly painted and ranges in length...some holding up to 80 rowers. This year, the Indy rowers were comprised of a team of cancer survivors, all women wearing bright pink gear! They were honored with a traditional lion dance and a delicious meal. It was our privilege to take part in the festival this year.
Waiting for the crew to dock the Dragon Boat and come ashore for the celebration.
Making new friends! Miss C was born just an hour or two from our Little Love's home city.
Playing with the "Big Girls!" Kate was the youngest child at the celebration!
These sweeties were all born in the same province...Guangdong! I may or may not have cried taking this picture...it was very emotional.
Waiting with Mama for the Lion Dance to begin.
Contrary to popular belief, this guy is actually a lion. Many people, including myself not so long ago, thought it was a dragon. Look closely and you will see a tiny pair of shoes sticking out from the lion's head. The presenters were kind enough to let the children try it on! No one wanted to be the "butt."
If the lion wasn't enough, the Trusty trio tried out the ceremonial drum. They loved it!
Just one last tune before it was time to head home! Katie-Hui played with partner Miss A. who was also adopted through our agency, CCAI. Her mama is the driving force behind "Walk The Wall 2014" in Indiana. It is a benefit walk that will take place on September 13th at Cool Creek Park and Nature Center in Westfield, Indiana. The cost: $10 and children under 12 are free! If you would like to participate in this amazing opportunity, please visit www.walkthewall.org. There you can sign up to walk...and provide medical and foster care to orphaned children in China. Hope to see you there!