Songkhla holds traditional Long Boat Racing Festival

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BANGKOK, 3 November 2013 Songkhla Province has organized its traditional event, Long Boat Racing Festival, to mark the end of the 3-month Buddhist Lent. 

The festival, held for the 18th time, took place in Bang Klam District of Songkhla. According to the provincial deputy governor who presided over the opening ceremony, the festival was held with an aim to carry on the Thai tradition, which has been passed down from generation to generation. The competition was divided into 5 categories.

The Long Boat Racing Festival is one of the traditional activities that mark the end of the Buddhist Lent. The history of the festival can be traced back to the Ayutthaya period or about 600 years ago. The festival is usually held nationwide notably in Phichit, Phitsanuloke, Ayutthaya, and Songkhla.

Boats used in the competition are made from special trees, while the rowing crews are trained to be as physically fit s possible and ready for the festival. Other than the competitions, visitors can also enjoy boat procession and other cultural performances.