Boat racing is a long-standing sport held by Huong Thuy residents on the Lunar New Year (Tet) to pray for favourable weather, abundant crops and peace. This year’s event brought together more than 400 athletes, divided into ten teams, from communes and wards across the town.
According to Vice Chairman of the Huong Thuy town People’s Committee Do Xuan Giao, the festival aims to preserve the traditional sport event of the locality, while encouraging the people to eagerly exercise and enhance fitness in service of production activities.
Following are some photos of the boat racing festival.
The participating teams compete fiercely on Vuc River.
* On the morning of February 13, thousands of locals and tourists rushed to the mountainous commune of An Xuan, in Tuy An district, to join the animated atmosphere of the traditional horse race on Thi Thung hill, a revolutionary base of Phu Yen province.
The festival opens on the ninth day of the first lunar month at the Thi Thung hill tunnel national historical relic. This is one of the two remaining traditional horse races in Vietnam and has become a favourite cultural and sporting event among many locals and tourists, from both at home and abroad.
This year’s tournament featured 32 amateur horsemen from five communes across the two districts of Tuy An and Dong Hoa. Notably, the participating horses are not professional, but are those used for carrying agricultural products everyday, which has created a unique and exciting feature for the race.
After eight laps, horseman Nguyen Thanh Trung, from Tuy An district’s An Hiep commune, was the first to reach the finishing line, together with the horse no. 1.