Chinese Dragon Boat Festival 2012 / Bled / Slovenia (Duanwu Festival)

Today was the Dragon Boat Festival (click here to read more about it) in Bled, Slovenia (program – in Slovene). It was very nice and friendly atmosphere, just right to chat and do some networking. There was also a presentation of Chinese poetry and music and calligraphic workshops (I had my name written, of course! 🙂 ). The teams were competing with boats and at the end there was also Chinese food, which was very tasteful. It wasn’t too hot (like previous days) so it was great to sit on the grass and have a picnic.

Mayor of Bled and Chinese ambassador were also present and they awarded top 3 winners of the boat competition. I was a little bit disappointed because the boats didn’t have any special “dragon costumes” or ornaments but they were typical “Bled boats”. Anyway, it was still nice and maybe next year we will see real DRAGON BOATS. Oh, and I forgot to mention: this was the first Dragon boat Festival in Slovenia, so I forgive them “the absence of real dragon boats” 🙂

Here are some snapshots I took couple of hours ago.

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