Portlanders ‘awaken the dragon’ in annual boat blessing ceremony

Published: Apr. 1, 2023 at 10:50 PM PDT
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PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) - Portlanders gathered on Saturday to awaken the dragon and bless the boats in the annual Eye Dotting Ceremony.

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This event marks the beginning of the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race season. The formal blessing ceremony was conducted by a Buddhist master from Portland.

The races take place June 10 and 11 on the Willamette River at Waterfront Park in downtown Portland.