• Publication Date：06/03/2011
• Source： Taiwan Today
• By Kwangyin Liu
Residents in Taiwan are getting ready to celebrate the annual Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on June 6 this year and coincides with a three-day weekend.
In Taipei City, over 160 boating teams, including 7 from abroad, will flex their muscles as they compete for the title of fastest oarsmen.
Total prize money for the races, taking place along the Keelung River by Dajia Riverside Park, amounts to NT$3 million (US$104,447), Taipei City Government officials said.
Other events to be held along the riverbank include music concerts, rice dumpling-making competitions and sporting events, officials said.
Dozens of similar tournaments and other fun-filled activities are scheduled throughout Taiwan in Chiayi, Hsinchu and Yilan counties as well as the southern port city of Kaohsiung.
In the southern Tainan City, a five-day international dragon boat tournament kicked off June 2, throwing 158 teams with 12 international ones in fierce competition.
The races are expected to draw over 100,000 visitors to the historical city, according to the Tainan City Government.
The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu, which falls on the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calendar, is a national holiday widely celebrated across East Asia. (HZW)