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Dragon Boat Festival 2021

Agitated rowing teams racing against one another in dragon-headed boats evoke a great excitement

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Multicultural Singapore summons the best rowers from the whole globe to participate in the celebrated Dragon Boat Race. Each dragon-headed boat is set into motion by twenty skilled competitors rowing synchronically following the rhythm set by a drummer who sits in front of them on the bow.

The direction is controlled by a steerer who stands behind the crew. Dragon boat racing is a traditional Chinese sport and has been held in Singapore since 1978 within Dragon Boat Festival in the Bedok Reservoir Park. Rowers disturb normally calm waters of the ​Bedok Reservoir every year.

Although dragon boat racing is the climax of Dragon Boat Festival, the festivities also involve traditional ritual performances and traditional Chinese food like dumplings (zhang).

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