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Don’t miss the boat! Celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival 🐲 (端午节) with a whole week of free virtual festivities. Look out for live virtual workshops, arts and crafts, and special holiday games every day this week!

August 2, 2021
August 6, 2021


Bundling Love with Zongzi

As a part of the Dragon Boat Festival, people celebrate by wrapping and eating zongzi together with loved ones. Join Teaching Artist Sophia Hsu as she teaches us how to make some Taiwanese-style zongzi (粽子). These delicious sticky rice bundles wrapped in bamboo leaves will leave your stomach and heart filled with glee! Share your delicious creations with us @mocanyc on social media, DMing us, or emailing images to education@mocanyc.org.

WATCH: Click to watch a demonstration of how they are made!

MAKE: Click here for a Cantonese-style zongzi recipe!

PLAY: Unwrap as many zongzi as you can in this fun digital game!


Move Like a Dragon!

Register now for an exciting virtual Dragon Boat Martial Arts Workshop with the New York Chinese Cultural Center on Tuesday, August 3rd at 4PM EDT.

Taught by a martial arts master from the New York Chinese Cultural Center, this introductory workshop will introduce you to some basic stances, strikes, as well as a modified “Dragon” routine. The workshop will be followed by a short Q&A.

Please note that this workshop will be recorded via Zoom and hosted on Facebook Live. Click here to register!



Dragons, Pests, and Fortunes!

MOCACREATE @ Home: Dazzling Dragons

Click here for a craft tutorial that will show you how to make your very own river dragon with materials you have at home!

Share your finished projects with us by tagging us @MOCANYC, using the hashtags #MOCACREATE and #MOCACREATEatHome on social media, DMing us, or emailing images to education@mocanyc.org.

Double Fifth Fortunes

The Dragon Boat Festival, typically held in June, is considered one of the unluckiest days of the year. Fend off bad luck by catching lucky plants and herbs — like pomegranate flowers, Chinese ixora, and calamus — and  avoiding the five poisonous pests (五毒) — the lizard, toad, centipede, spider, and scorpion— in this digital game you’ll want to play more than once.

PLAY: Race a dragon boat to catch objects to ward off misfortune, while also avoiding plagues that appear during the fifth lunar month, such as snakes and lizards!

MAKE: Click here to learn more about the five poisonous pests and create a critter of your own out of clay!


MOCAKIDS Storytime at Home: Row, Row, Row Your (Dragon) Boat!

The race is on! The Dragon Boat race, that is—and we need YOUR help to celebrate! Join us at MOCAKIDS Storytime for Duan Wu Jie, or the Dragon Boat Festival, as we read Dragon Boat Festival Wishes and Mulan and the Dragon Race. We’ll sing some songs and practice our paddling, too, before making a special boat craft!

Thursday, August 5 from 4:00 – 4:30 P.M. EDT via Zoom.

MOCAKIDS Storytime is free to the public. To join, simply register here!

Please note that this workshop will be recorded via Zoom and available on Facebook Live for 24 hours.



MOCACREATE at Home: Drum to the Beat!

Learn the significance of drumming in a dragon boat race and then create and embellish a simple drum to practice your drumming skills. Click to create!

Share your finished projects with us by tagging #MOCACREATE and #MOCACREATEathome on social media, DMing us, or emailing images to education@mocanyc.org. Follow our social media for more ways to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival at home!

MOCA Family Festivals are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.