Awaken the Dragons
This ancient Chinese Eye Dotting ceremony, “The Awakening of The Dragons,” features local and visiting dignitaries painting red dots on the eyes of the ceremonial dragon boat figure heads to officially “wake” them up and kick-off the Finger Lakes International Festival Dragon Boat Race season. The event includes traditional colorful lion dance to bless the event, the paddlers and the boats.
2018 Eye Dotters
Fred Bonn, Regional Director of State Parks in the Finger Lakes Region
Liz Vance, Director, Ithaca Youth Bureau