Eye-dotting the Paddlers for Life Windermere dragons in 2020
Eye-dotting is ‘awakening our dragons’ to gain their protection.
Part of the tradition of Chinese dragon boating festivals centres on the dragon heads of the dragon boats.
Its origins are in this tradition told here.
This year the team experienced the traditional painting of the dragons eyes remotely via Zoom video conference with just a small number of paddlers socially distancing on the shore of Windermere in an eye-dotting organised and led by Sara. Sara, Jill and Ruth dotted the eyes of our three dragons Artemis Phyllis, Mary at Low Wood and Lucy.
Online, Louisa told of the origins of the eye-dotting, Rowena told of it’s traditions and Roz spoke of the dragons from a helm’s perspective.
We finished with a ‘flowers on the water’ ceremony with words from Barbara (who decorated our dragon heads with Sara and Paul) and June and Peter also spoke.
It was a gorgeous evening for the lucky few at Low Wood on the edge of Windermere.