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Sydney Lunar Festival Dragon Boat Races

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by Olga Junek (subscribe)
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Dragons at their fiercest
Dragon Boat racing has become a popular international sport and is always fun to watch if you would rather be a spectator rather than a participant. The Dragon Boat race is now one of the most exciting and highly anticipated events of the Sydney Lunar Festival. Dragon Boat racing has been an important part of the Chinese culture for over 2000 years and is an integral part of the Lunar Year celebrations. This is no different this year in the year of the Rat.

Help cheer on thousands of paddlers as they energetically churn through the waters of Cockle Bay at the biggest Dragon Boat Races in the southern hemisphere. It will begin with a ceremonial blessing of the waters by Taoist monks and a ceremony where red dots are placed on the eye of the dragons, said to awaken these mythical beasts. Then these 12-metre dragon-headed vessels race to the beat of a drum and the excitement takes on a whole new level.

This exciting regatta takes place on the weekend of Saturday 1 February and Sunday 2 February. This is the middle weekend of the two- week, Sydney Lunar Festival celebrations.

The Taoist monks will perform a blessing of the waters and a unique eye-dotting ceremony from 8:30am on Saturday 1 February.

Sydney Lunar Festival Dragon Boat races Cockle Bay Sydney
Come and cheer them on!
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Why? For the excitement of seeing the energy and passion of dragon boat competition.
When: Saturday 1 February 2020 from 8.30am to 5pm Sunday 2 February 2020 from 8.30am to 3pm
Phone: 02 9265 9333
Where: Cockle Bay Wharf Sydney
Cost: Free
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