Search

Colourful vessels competed in Dragon Boat Festival at Royal Docks

PUBLISHED: 19:54 01 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:27 02 July 2013

One of the dragon boats at the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2013

One of the dragon boats at the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2013

Archant

Chinese dragon boats raced through the Royal Docks as colourful flags and rhythmic drumming heralded competing crews for the Dragon Boat Festival.

Xueting Ni (right) and her assistant at the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2013 Xueting Ni (right) and her assistant at the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2013

Second only to the Chinese New Year in the Chinese festival calendar, the event marks the beginning of the rainy season and the summer solstice when farmers traditionally began to sow their seeds.

According to legend, the first Dragon Boat Festival took place in southern China over 2500 years ago around the same time as the First Olympic Games in Greece. Today dragon boat racing is one of the most popular water sports not just in China but around the globe.

Now in its 18th year, yesterday’s London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, organised by The London Chinatown Lions Club, coincided with similar events across the world.

Around 40 vessels, each around 30 foot long and with 16 rowers and a drummer on board, raced through the water. The winning team was called the Expendables.

Kung-fu demonstrations and lion dance were also part of the event.

0 comments

Latest Newham News Stories

A Newham man accused of plotting to carry out a terror attack has been charged with further terrorism offences.

15:27

Labour Party members are celebrating after £10,000 was raised for legal fees to challenge the 2017 Newham mayoral ‘trigger ballot’ result.

Labour Party

Christmas is fast approaching, and Westfield Stratford City got into the seasonal spirit with its annual Christmas festival.

A person has died after being hit by a train at Shenfield station just after half ten this morning.

British Transport Police

PROMOTED CONTENT

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Read more

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now