A “Ngo” boat race commenced in Xang Xa No Canal, Vi Thanh city, Hau Giang province on November 28 as part of the 6th Culture, Sports and Tourism Festival of the Khmer ethnic people in southern Vietnam.

The race has drawn the participation of over 1,000 rowers from 17 teams from Ho Chi Minh City and southwestern localities. Hau Giang and Kien Giang provinces sent the largest numbers of teams to the event, each with four teams.

On the first day of the competition, the teams competed in the long distances of 1,200m for men and 1,000m for women. On November 29, they will continue with the short distances of 800m and 600m, respectively.

As a sacred object of the Khmer people, every “Ngo” boat is made of wood by artisans and Khmer Buddhist monks. It is decorated with images of dragons, tigers, elephants, lions and peacocks representing its power.

“Ngo” boat racing is also one of the activities to celebrate the Ok Om Bok (worshipping the moon) festival, which is held on the fifteenth day of the tenth lunar month every year with plenty of entertainment activities, art performances, traditional sports and games.-VNA