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Xayaboury all set for boat racing festivals

Boat racing festivals are taking place in both Hongsa and Xayaboury districts of Xayaboury province this month.

Hongsa district will hold its boat races from October 8-9, while those in Xayaboury district will take place from October 16-17.

Deputy Governor of Hongsa district, Ms Davin Ladsakid, told Vientiane Times yesterday that this year's event would be the biggest festival ever. Sixteen boats are taking part, including 14 boats crewed by villages and two entered by other groups in the district.

“This year we will have a traditional food contest, a handicraft fair, traditional music and other activities during the course of the festival,” she said.

The races will start at 7:30am. About 300 guests have been invited to the opening ceremony, coming from four districts in Oudomxay province, Chomphet district in Luang Prabang province, and other areas.

Meanwhile, an official from Xayaboury district said 44 boats would take part in the boat races this year. Male crews will be aboard 25 boats, while women will crew the other 19 boats.

The festival will feature a traditional food contest, handicraft fair and other activities.

The races start at 7:30-8am and 322 guests have been invited to attend the opening ceremony.

The men's crews will race on October 16 and the women on October 17.

By Viengdavanh Banhphahaksa
(Latest Update
October 4,

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