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Boat racing for Chinese New Year

Boat racing Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Anaconda paddlers will be taking part in this year's Chinese New Year celebrations in Nottingham.

Dragon boats are a traditional part of Chinese culture and date back to the 2nd Century. A poet, Qu Yuan, killed himself, by throwing himself into the Miluo River after being banished from court.

Villagers failed to save him, but to keep fish and evil spirits from his body they banged drums and beat the water with paddles.