The Snake Boat Race of Kerala commences on 8th August
The Nehru Trophy Boat Race which is popularly known as Snake Boat Race in Kerala will hold on 8th August this year. The annual festival which is a mix of sporting excellence and festive cheer takes place in Kerala’s Alappuzha town with great pomp and show. More than just a sport event this grand carnival calls international as well as domestic crowd to cheer up the participants getting involved into an energetic activity. The event takes place on the second Saturday of August every year at Keralas Punnamada Lake.
Highlights of this festival:
- Tourists get to see boats of different sizes and shapes starting from the ones taking part in daily transportation to warfare or sports.
- Thousands of people gather on the banks of the Punnamada Lake to witness this annual water regatta live.
- The rhythmic and the coordinated way of rowing the grand snake boats make it a rare site to be recalled.
- The ceremonial water processions and amazingly adorned boats add to the magnificence of the event.
- A few boats float along with the race boats where live Kathakali Dance is performed.
- There is a separate category for women participants in the race.
How Boat Race Got Popular
According to the royal custom of Travancore, dignitaries were to be welcomed holding a boat race. In 1952 when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, came to visit Kerala, a boat race was organised. While watching this boat race he got excited so much that he jumped into the winning boat without being worried about the security concerns. When he came back to Delhi, he announced a trophy for the winning team which was nothing but the replica of a boat made in silver. Thus today’s trophy is named after the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
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