The Origins and Traditions of Dragon Boating
A dragon boat is a human-powered watercraft that was traditionally built-in the Pearl River Delta Region of China. It’s made out of teak wood and shaped in to various designs and sizes. The Dragon Boat Racing water sport which is a team paddling sport is conducted with the use of Dragon boats and it has its roots in ancient ritual of contending villagers and has been going on for over 2000 years as a part of several religious ceremonies.
There are dragon festivals that are held in the USA. This festival attracts tens of thousands of spectators. The boats during these festivals will be decorated with giant dragon heads and filled with teams best athletic and skilled rowers. Here is a list of places that holds the dragon festival.
Dragon Boat Festival, Olympia, Washington: The festival held at Washington attracts more than 4000 visitors every year. This festival is held at Washington is one of the best festival which features the traditional dragon boats with enormous huge dragon head and tail. You can also spot drummers beating to pace up the rowing.
Houston Dragon Festival, Texas: The Houston dragon festival attracts more than 5000 people who visit eagerly to watch around 30 teams participate in the festival. It has been a popular event in Texas for over 10 years. Besides dragon boat racing, you can find other attractions like Asian Cuisine, Music and Cultural Performances along with games and entertainment for kids and family.
Hong Kong Dragon Festival, New York: This has got to be one of the biggest dragon boat festivals which have 180+ teams competing for the cup. This festival in New York is the oldest and the most traditional dragon boat festival in the US. The other notable attractions are International Music, Martial Arts Display, and Crafts Exhibition along with different cuisines of food.