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Tainan mayor prepares dragon boats for race

Tainan mayor prepares dragon boats for race

Taipei, May 27 (CNA) Tainan Mayor Hsu Tain-tsair presided over a dragon boat eye-dotting ceremony Thursday to help "awaken the spirits" of the boats ahead of the Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on June 16 this year.
The 2010 Tainan City Dragon Boat Race Championship will be held on the Tainan Canal between Anyi Bridge and Chengtian Bridge from June 12-16, a Tainan City government official said. A total of 141 teams, including 13 international teams and 17 domestic teams from outside Tainan, will compete using 12 dragon boats, according to the official.
Celebrations along the canal will include food stalls, art and cultural performances, he added.
The Dragon Boat Festival, occurring on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, is a traditional holiday celebrated by racing boats and eating rice dumplings in memory of ancient Chinese poet Qu Yuan (340 B.C.-278 B.C.).
(By Chang Jung-hsiang and Maia Huang)