Luang Prabang will organize its annual boat racing festival in Khan River during the Buddhist Lent starting 14 September.
The Governor of Luang Prabang, Mr. Viengthong Hatsachanh, issued a notice to announce the hosting of the much-anticipated event during the Boun Hor Khao Padap Din, a religious festival to “feed” the spirits of ancestors at home and outside the temple.
According to Mr. Viengthong, the boat racing festival will be held following the traditions of the province, to promote the heritage, culture, and uniqueness of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As part of preparations, all rowers will need to repair their boats, which should not exceed the capacity of 40 people, and present it to the provincial committee to enter the competition.
The provincial committee will examine the appearance and operations of each boat to ensure compliance with the competition’s rules.
Provincial authorities did not comment on measures to keep the venue clean and prevent littering, although last year’s event saw heaps of garbage scattered at the banks of the river after the festival.
In 2022, a couple of boat racing accidents were also recorded in the provinces of Champasack and Xayaboury, with at least two people reported dead after the competitions.