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1st Dragon Boat Festival in Bulgaria


Dragon Boat Festival takes place on Lake "Pancharevo" near Sofia.It is part of the events related to the beginning of the "summer of Chinese culture" in our country, organized by the Chinese Cultural Center in the capital.



The festival is being held for the first time in Bulgaria.Dragon boats are 12 meters long, they gather 22 people - of them 20 are rowers, one is the guide in front and one is the helmsman in the back.For now, rowing is primarily a mass sport, although it is expected to enter the list of Olympic sports.Today's festival aims to prepare Bulgaria for the upcoming World Cup, which our country will host in 2025.


"Dragon culture comes from China. Currently, dragon boat festivals and various cultural activities are held in many countries around the world. This is the first time in Bulgaria. The goal is to prepare the organization of a world dragon boat championship boats in Ruse in 2025. I believe that more and more Bulgarians will fall in love with this sport. I sincerely thank everyone for the valuable support of this festival," said H.E. Dong Xiaojun, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China in Bulgaria.


Dragon Boat festival was inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Dragon Boat festival strengthens bonds within families and establishes a harmonious relationship between humanity and nature. It also encourages the expression of imagination and creativity, contributing to a vivid sense of cultural identity.



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