The festival is held annually on the 2nd of lunar January. The boat racing festivals are organized in order to bring a cheerful atmosphere for people in spring. It is not only a competition, but also a ritual in honor of the Water God, stemming from the act of praying for water (common among agriculture-based people).
For competition events, dragon boats are generally rigged with decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails. At other times, the decorative regalia are usually removed, although the drum often remains aboard for training purposes. Boat racing has become an event to compete and display collective strength.
Presently boat racing constitutes an important part in the program of many festivals. It has gone beyond a religious activity, becoming a fascinating sport event, which attracts a large number of participants. Before the festival, everybody in team work in the belief strength and the best wishes which the local people give to each other.