The Long Boat Racing Festival in Huay Xai, in the northern Laos (ແຂ່ງເຮືອພາຍ ເມືອງຫ້ວຍຊາຍ)
The long boat racing festival for friendship community, this festival is celibate at the end of Buddhist lent and celibate every year (this year) in October 05/10/2017.
Only one day boat racing, it’s start in the morning at 10 am and finish in the afternoon about 4 pm, there are 20 teams join for races, this boat 35 – 45 people get on there, the winner get 10 million kip and every team have a cheerleader at the river bank and cheerleader on the boat .
They sell several food and drink, music, at the river bank the local people and family come and cheer their team.
Every game is betting, for fun, I also betting.
Team have practice 1 week to 1 month, for keep stronger only men and they have coach team, every year they fix the boat and print.
Before racing pretty girl will get on boat and racing for show, the food them eating, they eat dry or deep fried and chilly.
The men control the boat by paddle, the coach in the front and the boat mem control the boat, the boat is made by wood and heavy, they have to carry from the parking boat to the Mekong River, when they finishes they have to carry back to the parking at the temple.
After couple day they have a party at the village, together for this festival, every family have pay for this festival start from 50,000 to 100,000 kip.
Traditional long boat racing festival in Ban Dan, Huay Xai, northern Laos (ແຂ່ງເຮືອຊ່ວງປະເພນີ ບ້ານດ່ານ)
The festival celibate every year, before the end of Buddhist lent in September 22 /09/2017.