Singapore River Regatta, Dragon Boat Racing

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Dragon boat racing was first introduced to Singapore in 1978 …

Singapore River Regatta

October 31 to November 1, Singapore

Dragon boat racing was first introduced to Singapore in 1978 when Hong Kong invited the island nation to participate in the Hong Kong Races. Singapore launched its first dragon boat competition that same year restricting entry to local participants but still attracting 25 teams. From then on the sound of the beating drums and the swish of oars has become louder and drawn more spectacular with each passing year. These days, the river comes alive with cheers from the riverbanks as more than 2,000 participants from 100 teams from around the world compete in this energetic sport.


October 16 to 17, Tohoku Prefecture, Japan

Travel back in time and allow yourself to be surrounded by 1,000 samurai during the two-day Shuki Taisai Grand Autumn Festival. Yabusame, traditional Japanese horseback archery, and Hyakumono-Zoroe Sennin Gyoretsu – the Parade of 1,000 Samurai Warriors – are the highlights. The procession, led by men carrying a mikoshi, a portable shrine, departs from the Futarasan-jinja Shrine of Sannai, Nikko, and heads for the Otabisho, its temporary resting place during the festival. The procession is the reproduction of the funeral ceremony of the first Tokugawa shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542 – 1616) who had asked to be buried in Nikko.


October 17, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The signature tourism event of Malaysia, with a fresh brand and concept, Citrawarna@Kuala Lumpur at Merdeka Square, is back to enthral audiences in a whole new way. Mark the date and enjoy a spectacular night of lights and sound, dance and culture with more than 600 performers and a firework display that celebrates Malaysia truly Asia.


October 28 to 31, York, England

Since its inception in 2006, Illuminating York has led to iconic buildings such as York Minster, St Mary’s Abbey and the Yorkshire Museum being used as backdrops for technicolour artworks. The city takes on a special glow during this event, which will see its most impressive buildings become canvases for a series of iridescent and immersive light projections. The annual digital arts and lighting festival invites visitors and residents alike to rediscover York in a new light.


October 28 to November 1, Paris, France

The Salon du Chocolat is the not-to-be-missed event for those who share a passion for this sweet treat. The Chocolate Show will host incredible chocolate companies, demonstrations, tastings, truffle rolling, couture outfits made entirely of chocolate and much more. Visit


October 30 to November 1, Brisbane, Australia

Discover thousands of tastes, flavours, products and techniques from hundreds of exhibitors and chefs. Try food, wine and coffee from more 300 producers. Be inspired to recreate delectable dishes at home after watching the best local and interstate chefs and restaurateurs on stage as they cook delectable dishes live in the Good Food Theatre.

Source: The Nation
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