Carmel Clay Public Library to host Dragon Boat Festival

The work of Jenny Feng will be on display during the Dragon Boat Festival. (Submitted photo)
The work of Jenny Feng will be on display during the Dragon Boat Festival. (Submitted photo)

By Lauren Boughner

After a successful Indian Cultural Festival in October, the Carmel Clay Public Library will host the inaugural Dragon Boat Festival to highlight aspects of Chinese culture in a fun, family-friendly way. The library is partnering with the Carmel-Xiangyang Sister City Committee and the Indy Asian American Times for this event.

“Each organization brings a lot to the table,” said Young Adult librarian Jamie Beckman, who is serving as liaison between the library and the other organizations. “We are doing as much as possible to bring in the talent of the community.”

The Dragon Boat Festival commemorates stories of various heroes in China. This event will share a brief history of this holiday but will mainly focus on aspects of Chinese culture that play into this celebration.

“Lots of customs developed around this festival,” Beckman said.

The event will include costumes, dance, calligraphy and music demonstrations, as well as story times and crafts for the family. Children can cut out a dragon boat or a paper version of the traditional Chinese food, zongzi. Story times will be both in English and Chinese.

Beckman is excited about the event because not only is it a learning opportunity for everyone involved but it also is designed to show appreciation to Carmel residents who have a Chinese background.

“This is a family-friendly event that celebrates and explores Chinese culture. You’ll see your neighbors,” she shares. She believes it will offer a chance for community building.

The festival will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 10 and 1 to 4 p.m. June 11 in the program room at the library. Visitors can drop in anytime. No registration or fee is required.

“I’m looking forward to watching people enjoy themselves while they’re learning,” Beckman said.

For more, call 317-814-3983.