PENANG HERITAGE AND CULTURE -  Dragon Boat Festival




PENANG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

dragon boat race is recognised as international sport The Dragon Boat Festival is associated with the 'Rice Dumpling Festival'  which falls on the 5th day of the 5th month in the Chinese lunar calendar. 'Duan Wu Jie' is the Mandarin verbal term for rice dumpling festival. The legend and culture of rice dumpling festival celebration in Penang originated from China and was brought over by the early Chinese immigrants.  It was believed that a widely loved and respected poet named Qu Yuan had jumped into the river when the Emperor refused to  listen to his advice resulting in war.  All the villagers rushed to save him.  They started to throw rice dumplings into the river to feed the fish so that they would eat the thrown in dumplings instead of Qu Yuan's body. Dragon Boat race commemorates with their rushed efforts to save him and the Chinese also made rice dumplings every year to eat and remember Qu Yuan's patriotism and loyalty toward the country.

 
 

Dragon boat race initially started as a local event in Penang and gradually developed achieved international recognition with enthusiasm and support the tourism board.  Today Dragon Boat race has become an international sports with participation from Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and USA.  Many more countries are expected to join in the race participation. 

 

The  participants need conscientious training skill and teamwork co-operation in order to qualify for the final boat rowing race.  Dragon boat race has become one of Penang's signature events which is held every year at Teluk Bahang Dam in Penang. Visitors can refer to Penang Festival Calendar  to check on the annual festival event date.

 

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