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The Most Popular and Prestigious Traditional Dragon Boat Race Festivals in the World

Here are some of the most famous and highly recognized dragon boat races and festivals in the world which is participated by boat racers from all over the world.

The year 2012 is “Year of the Dragon”. Dragon boat racing is a popular festival and sport anywhere else in the world. Boat racing is one of the oldest sports competitions in the world. It has been in existence for hundreds of years and is extremely popular in China and in many parts of the world.

Here are some of the most famous and highly recognized dragon boat races and festivals in the world which is participated by boat racers from all over the world.

Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival - Canada

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One of the most famous dragon boat festivals in the western hemisphere is the Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This annual event, which is part of Chinese tradition, attracts about 5,500 paddlers and over 70,000 spectators.

Vallam Kali – India

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Vallam Kali is a popular and prestigious traditional boat race in Kerala, India. Kerala is a popular tourist destination located in south India. The race is chiefly conducted during the season of the harvest festival Onam in Autumn. Vallam Kali includes races of many kinds of traditional boats (paddled longboat) of Kerala. The race of Chundan Vallam or Snake Boat is the major event. Hence Vallam Kali is also known in English as Snake Boat Race. Vallam Kali literally means boat race in Malayalam.

Aranmula Boat Race – India

Another popular traditional boat race in Kerala, India is the Aranmula Boat Race. It is the oldest river boat fiesta in Kerala which is also held during Onam (August-September). It takes place at Aranmula, near a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Arjuna. The snake boats move in pairs to the rhythm of full-throated singing and shouting watched by an exciting crowd.

Sydney Dragon Blades – Australia

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One of the most popular dragon boat races in Australia is the Sydney Dragon Blades. The premier club dragon boat events are usually held in the state of New South Wales, at Sydney's Darling Harbour (for the Chinese New Year Championship), as well as the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith (NSW State Championships). These events attract the largest participation by clubs, crew numbers and spectators nationally.

Dragon Boat Race Festival – Hong Kong

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Dragon Boat Festival in Hong Kong is a very well known traditional competition. It attracts thousands of tourists from around the world annually. It is also known as Duanwu Festival and the Double Fifth because the festival occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese lunar calendar.

Dragon Boat Race – Germany

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Dragon Boat race is also popular in North America and Europe. The Dragon Boat Race shown on the above picture is the Dragon Boat in Friedrichstadt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

Other notable dragon boat festivals in the world are Houston Dragon Boat festival, Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival, Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival, Lethbridge Dragon Boat Festival and many others.

See also

The Most Popular City of Boats From Around the World

 

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