Dragon Boat Festival
The Dragon Boat
Festival is a major international sporting event that is held
in Indonesia. Held in the month of July, this event draws
participants from all across the world. The location of the
event is in Padang, Indonesia.
The Dragon Boats Festival in Padang basically involves a race
amongst the Dragon Boats, which have their origin in China.
Dragon Boat racing basically originated in China. Since
Indonesia has a huge Chinese population, hence this event has
also made a place for itself in this country.
The boats are long and narrow looking. They are richly
decorated and painted with bright colors. The boats are fitted
with the colorful heads and tails of a dragon.
Thus, when the race
starts, it appears as if a large number of dragons are competing
with one another. The crew of the boats consists of 22 people. Out
of these, 20 people are the paddlers, one is the drummer and one
is a steerer.
However, during the
Dragon Boat Festival races you may find only 18 paddlers rowing
the huge colorful boats. The drummers beat the drum in harmony
with the movement of the paddlers. The drumming helps in keeping
time and maintains coordination between the paddlers. The paddlers
are made to sit facing the front.
The Dragon Boat Festival race starts on the sound of a huge gong.
Participants from different countries like China, Malaysia, Hong
Kong, Taiwan as well as the United States of America come to take
part in this grand event. The festival is filled with fun and
excitement. One can hear the loud cheers of the onlookers. As a
large number of people come to attend this festival, you can get
to see a large number of food stalls during this festival set up
near the festival venue. You can enjoy the local food and
delicacies served in these stalls while watching the boats compete
with one another.
The Dragon Boat Festival in Padang is a much-awaited annual event.
Watching these colorful boats race amongst one another is truly a
The quickest and comfortable way to get to
Padang is by air and there are flights connect to Padang from
Kuala Lumpur as well as all the major cities
in Indonesia. Minangkabau International Airport (Indonesian: Bandar Udara
Internasional Minangkabau, Minangkabau: Bandar Udaro Internasional
Minangkabau) is the principal airport serving Padang, it is located
about 27 km north-west of Padang, in Ketaping, Padang Pariaman
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