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Hundreds of rowers take part in annual Mekong boat race

Update: November, 07/2014 - 08:23

Thousands of residents from across the Mekong Delta gathered in Soc Trang City on Wednesday and Thursday to watch the annual ngo boat race held on Maspero Canal. — Photo angiang.vnpt.vn

SOC TRANG (VNS) — Thousands of residents from across the Mekong Delta gathered in Soc Trang City on Wednesday and Thursday to watch the annual ngo boat race held on Maspero Canal.

The boat race, which celebrated the Mekong Delta Economic Cooperation Forum being held in the province, is part of the Ok-Om-Bok (Moon-Offering Ceremony) festival, a traditional event commemorating a bumper harvest held by the Khmer people in the Delta.

Competitors included 40 male and 11 female teams, with 60 rowers on each team. Rowers were residents from Can Tho City and the provinces of Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Hau Giang, Tra Vinh, Vinh Long and Soc Trang.

Soc Trang initiated the race years ago and it later became part of a larger region-wide festival. — VNS

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