Students at Lok Yi School learn about the story of dumplings to celebrate Tuen Ng, Dragon Boat Festival
Each year’s Tuen Ng Festival brings a lot of excitement about Dragon Boat racing, however there are more traditions associated with it. The festivites have historically included making and eating delicious glutenous rice dumplings to celebrate the day. To help students learn about the story of “Tuen Ng” rice dumplings, our volunteers led Lok Yi School students to play games which related to the origins the rice dumpling and dragon boats during Tuen Ng Festival.
The students were very excited to learn how to make different shaped and sized rice dumplings. They also played a game where they passed around a giant rice dumpling in the room while music was playing. When the music stopped, the person holding the dumpling was asked to answer a question about the story of Tuen Ng Festival. The students were very enthusiastic. Not only were they able to give the correct answer, they were also able to describe the story in detail.
Volunteers and students also role played as dragon boaters. Project leader Vivian Mock said, “We had so much fun paddling the dragon boat in the competition. The game also helped us build a strong bond with the students through the spirit of encouragement and mutual participation as team mates in the race. “ After the games, all the students were so happy. The school had also prepared some rice dumplings for the students to taste before they went back to the dorm.