The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated annually to commemorate the life and death of Qu Yuan, a famous Chinese scholar who is known as China’s first poet. Observed on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar, Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated by eating rice dumplings (zongzi), drinking realgar wine (xionghuangjiu), racing dragon boats and more. All of the activities, dishes and tokens used to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival were regarded by ancient scholars as an effective way to prevent disease and evil while promoting good health and wellbeing.
Shangri-La and sister-brand properties throughout Mainland China and Taiwan celebrate Dragon Boat Festival through traditional methods such as making and eating rice dumplings and racing dragon boats. This year, Shangri-La properties in Xian, Suzhou and Taipei extended their celebrations to benefit community members and charitable organizations.
On June 14, Shangri-La Hotel, Xian hosted a Dragon Boat Festival activity in partnership with the Xian Lianhu District Disabled Business Incubator Service Center, which provides business, career and employment opportunities to community members with disabilities. The hotel hosted beneficiaries to a day of arts and crafts in the hotel lobby, during which people with disabilities learned how to make Dragon Boat Festival decorations.
Hotel guests had the opportunity to purchase the hand-cut paper decorations. The hotel and beneficiaries raised CNY1,000 (about USD142) for the center.
“It is the responsibility and obligation of enterprises to assist in the employment development of disabled people,” said a hotel representative. “To promote disabled peers requires the joint efforts of the whole of society. We hope Shangri-La Hotel, Xian can offer more help and support to the lives and employment of disabled people.”
Shangri-La Hotel, Xian will continue to support the center with employment opportunities and financial support.
On June 27, Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou volunteers volunteered at the Suzhou Jiayue school to help clean the grounds and classrooms.
Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei celebrated Dragon Boat Festival by delivering delicious rice dumplings to SOS Children’s Villages, the hotel’s EMBRACE beneficiary.
We hope everyone has a joyous and memorable Dragon Boat Festival!