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Sagatiba Launch Carnival on Friday 17 June



You’re Invited: Sagatiba Launch Party Welcoming the new Brazilian in our lives!

There doesn’t seem to be a day that goes by lately where we don’t hear about “the Brazilian”.

We have all become very familiar with the Brazilian Blowout and the Brazilian wax and now it is time to fall in love with another Brazilian (sorry girls, unfortunately this is not of the tall, dark and handsome variety).

Our new lover is Sagatiba, the Brazilian premium cane spirit, which is the most important ingredient in Brazil’s national cocktail: the Caipirinha. Sagatiba is Latin in every sense of the word – it has tons of personality but it never loses its air of luxury and sophistication. It is without a doubt a guaranteed party starter!


You’re Invited:  Sagatiba has just arrived in Hong Kong and to celebrate the brand is throwing a big bash next Friday (17 June) at mamoz, which just so happens to be the chicest new bar in Causeway Bay. The night will be filled with lively festivities: free welcome Caipirinha’s, happy hour prices on all Sagatiba cocktails, international Djembe drummers, a Brazilian Ju Jutsu exhibition on the rooftop, lucky draw for free Havaianas and music to get you into the Latin party spirit.


Event Details

What: Sagatiba Launch Party

When: Friday 17 June 2011

Time: 9pm till your feet get tired from dancing!

Where: mamoz, 27-28/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay

RSVP: email or call 2890 3128

Dragon Boat Festival (2011)



Monday, June 6th, is the Tuen Ng Festival (or Duan Yang Jie in Mandarin), also known as the Dragon Boat Festival. If you are interested in learning more about the tradition and history of this festival, please read on.


Saturday, June 4th is also a significant day in recent Chinese history. Many people know that June 4th is associated with the “Tian’enmen Incident.” Please open the attachment for more detail information. Thanks and have a good weekend.


Lisa Chang Ahnert

Director of Chinese Studies




Dragon Boat Festival (2011)

Dragon Boat Festival is always celebrated on the 5th day of the Fifth Moon. This year is on Monday, June 6th.

There are many legendary stories about the origin of this festival. The most common one is the Southerners’ belief of themselves as the descendants of “The Dragon.” They like to pay respect to “The Dragon” on this particular spring day. Canoe-race is a common activity. The canoes are always carved and decorated with dragon heads and tails, and thus received the name of dragon boats. In Hong Kong, Dragon Boat Races usually take place on the festival day itself, the weekend before or after Dragon Boat Festival at Aberdeen, Stanley, Shatin, Taipo, Cheung Chau and Lantau Island.


In addition, this day is also attached to a historical event – in remembrance of a loyal and dedicated High Officer, Qu Yuan who committed suicide on this day by drowning himself to protest against the corrupt leaders during the time period of the Warring States. His countrymen rowed out the canoes in search for his body, but failed. They then sounded the gongs and drums to frighten the fish away, and threw into the river bamboo-leaves wrapped dumplings so that the fish would eat the dumplings and not harm the body of Qu Yuan.


Therefore, the racing of dragon boats and the eating of bamboo-leaves wrapped dumplings are still a common tradition today. If you are interested in any of the dragon boat races, please check out the following website. Enjoy the day.