An Israeli-style Chinese celebration will take part on the banks of the Yarkon River in Tel Aviv on Friday, May 20: the 2016 Dragon Boat Festival.

The colorful event brings hundreds of people to the Daniel Rowing Center in the Yarkon Park to cheer on participants taking part in the traditional boat races.

The Dragon Boat Festival, also often known as the Duanwu Festival, is a statutory holiday originating in China. It first came to Israel in 2012.

The sport of dragon boat racing celebrates the life of a renowned Chinese poet named Qu Yuan.

The festival centers around the colorful Dragon Boat races – paddlers led by a drummer race on long, narrow water crafts replete with a dragon’s head and tail. But the festival also includes food vendors, activities and socializing.

Tomorrow’s festival will run from 7:00 am – 1: 30 pm. Entrance is free. For more information, click here.

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