2013 Dragon Boat Festival in Nagara, South Kalimantan

Held on November 24, 2013, the Dragon Boat Festival is the annual event of Hulu Sungai Selatan’s anniversary. It’s a unique competition that dozens of teams now look forward to every year.

Dragon Boat Racing is an ancient Chinese sport that’s catching on across the Indonesia, as well as internationally, with competitions and cultural festivals held worldwide.

Dragon boating is over 2,000 years old and is steeped in tradition. In ancient China, Chu Yuan, a poet, warrior, and loyal aid to the Emperor, fell victim to plots and deception, and fell out of favor with the Court.

When the old Emperor died, Chu Yuan was unjustly banished and wandered the countryside writing poems he hoped would be heard and heeded by the new Emperor.

Despondent, he finally threw himself into the Mi Lo River. His devoted followers, learning of his death, beat their paddles on the water and banged drums and gongs to frighten away the fish from Chu Yuan’s body. Athletes all over the world still meet to commemorate Yuan’s sacrifice for honor and justice.

The sport has grown into an international competitive event, with Dragon Boat Races and Festival held around the globe, as well as Indonesia.

Photos / Pictures / Images Gallery of Dragon Boat Festivalin Nagara, Daha Selatan, Hulu Sungai Selatan (HSS), South Kalimantan, Indonesia.

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