Hanoi to launch annual dragon boat racing

11:06 | 11/09/2018 Culture & Art

(VEN) - Hanoi authorities recently approved a decision to organize annual traditional dragon boat races between 2019 and 2021. The two-day races will take place on the first weekend after the Lunar New Year holiday annually at Ly Tu Trong Park. The boats will compete on West Lake, near Thanh Nien and Nguyen Dinh Thi roads.

hanoi to launch annual dragon boat racing
The 2018 Hanoi dragon boat racing festival impressed visitors

The organizers will encourage individuals and organizations to sponsor the event, which will gather international and domestic teams.

Districts with strong traditions of racing dragon boats including Hoang Mai, Bac Tu Liem, Thanh Tri, Ba Vi, Son Tay, Dan Phuong, Quoc Oai, Chuong My, Thanh Oai, Ung Hoa, and My Duc will each send a male and a female team to compete.

In February, the first dragon boat festival was held on West Lake. The event gathered 27 teams from seven districts around the capital. Various art troupes also performed at the festival.

Dragon boat racing is a Vietnamese tradition, with participants running the gamut from farmers to homemakers.

Boat racing requires high levels of solidarity and consensus among participants of each team. The decision to organize annual dragon boat races is aimed at promoting national pride, as well as strengthening participants’ resilience and confidence, especially young ones. The colorful event is also expected to draw tourists to the capital.

The annual boat races from 2019-2021 will attract the participation of teams from cities and provinces nationwide, as well as those of businesses, districts and towns of Hanoi, and foreign teams.

The Hanoi People’s Committee has asked the municipal Department of Culture and Sports to coordinate with other departments, sectors and unions, as well as the people’s committees of districts and towns in planning and organizing the festival. The Hanoi Department of Information and Communications has been assigned to spread information about the festival on mass media. The Tourism Department is responsible for coordinating with the Department of Culture and Sports and other units to recommend accommodations for participating teams. Tours will be created to serve participants.

The festival is also expected to offer the capital good opportunities to introduce its image as a city of peace.

The Hanoi People’s Committee requested each district that already holds the traditional dragon boat races to send both a men’s and women’s team. These include Hoang Mai, Bac Tu Liem, Thanh Tri, Ba Vi, Son Tay, Dan Phuong, Quoc Oai, Chuong My, Thanh Oai, Ung Hoa and My Duc districts. Other districts are also encouraged to participate.

According to To Van Dong, Director of the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports, the participation of professional racing teams will make the festival more attractive.

Thanh Tam