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June 16, 2012

Dragon Boats Festival: The 8th Edition at June 24

The Caudan welcome Sunday, June 24th the 8th Annual Dragon Boat Festival. The event will be attended by nine teams.

This is the conclusion of a press briefing hosted by the Minister of Arts and Culture, last Thursday.

"The Dragon Boat Festival has become, over the years, a key event in Mauritius," said Mookhesswur Choonee, Minister of Arts and Culture, which welcomes the holding of this event because this festival is, since 2009, enrolled in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

According to the director of the Chinese Cultural Center (CCC), Yongjian Wang, the 'Troop song and dance of the city of Zhongwei, Ningxia province of China will be in Mauritius to present a cultural show for the festival which promises colorful. Students from CCC will deliver, for their part, the live performances.

The festival, as stated by Mike Wong, chairman of the Dragon and Lion Federation, will begin at 9:30 with a religious ceremony. Will follow a parade of dragons and lions that leave the Port Louis Waterfront to get to Caudan. "A team of 200 to 300 people will also participate in the parade. She will leave Valley Pitot towards the Port Louis Waterfront to join the parade starting at 11:15, "he added.

At 13 hours, kicking off the competition. This year, nine teams, each composed of 25 persons will participate in three races. Each will pit three teams. Subsequently, the first and second fastest times advance to the finals. Around 15:00, a cultural show will be presented before the grand finale which will begin half an hour later. At 16 hours, up to another cultural show. The Dragon Boat Festival will close at 16:30 with the awards ceremony.

This festival is one of the most important of the Chinese calendar. It marks the beginning of summer and the epidemic season. It is also celebrated in the following regions: Hawaii, California, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

 

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