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Sea dragon boat race electrifies Shenzhen ahead of Dragon Boat Festival

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Sea dragon boat race electrifies Shenzhen ahead of Dragon Boat Festival

2024-06-08 23:19 Last Updated At:06-09 03:17

Moon Bay in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province was buzzing with excitement on Friday as 30 teams from the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area competed in a vibrant sea dragon boat race, in order to celebrate the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on June 10 this year.

With a blast from the referee's whistle, the race commenced. Drums roared, and paddles churned the water as dragon boats surged forward, racing towards the finish line amid cheers and encouragement from the thrilled spectators.

With his kindergarten-aged son on his shoulders, a father shared his motivation for attending: "He has never seen this before, so I brought him to widen his horizons."

Yuan Quan, a participant from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region team, expressed the event's cultural appeal.

"We are indeed an international team, with players from many countries. Our friends from different nations are interested in both the dragon boat culture and Chinese culture," said Yuan.

Sea dragon boat races, influenced by wind and waves, challenge participants' stamina, endurance, balance, and teamwork more than river races.

The championship was clinched by a team from Shenzhen's Longhua District, who demonstrated exceptional teamwork and skill.

In addition to the races, the festival featured performances of local intangible cultural heritage, including the Nan'ao fisherman's wedding. In this vibrant, 400-year-old tradition, fishermen celebrate with songs, flags, and firecrackers the night before the bride is welcomed aboard.

The festivities provided local residents and tourists with a rich and colorful holiday experience.

The Dragon Boat Festival, or Duanwu Festival, celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, honors the ancient Chinese poet Qu Yuan of the Warring States Period (475-221 BC). It has become a national holiday characterized by eating Zongzi, a pyramid-shaped dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves and enjoying dragon boat races.

Sea dragon boat race electrifies Shenzhen ahead of Dragon Boat Festival

Sea dragon boat race electrifies Shenzhen ahead of Dragon Boat Festival

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