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Tangerang dragon boat festival highlights diversity, religious inclusion

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, June 18, 2019   /  07:12 am
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A dragon head decorates the prow of a boat. (JP/A. Kurniawan Ulung)

The Peh Cun dragon boat festival, held in and along the Cisadane River, recently returned to Tangerang, Banten, with people from all walks of life participating in traditional Chinese festivities. Teams comprising people of various ethnicities and religious backgrounds competed in 500-meter boat races in the river, located along Jl. Kali Pasir in Sukasari subdistrict. Rowers, including those of the first-ever Tangerang Police team, paddled to the beat of drums, moving their arms rhythmically. One team, Badak Cisadane (Cisadane Rhinos), was ecstatic after winning its quarterfinal match against Buddhi Dharma University in the papak (flat) boat category. The Rhinos formed only three years ago but have participated in every boat race at the festival since the team’s inception. It currently has 23 members. “Our team is composed of those of different ethnic backgrounds....