The snake boat race is a sport that symbolizes team spirit, integration and amity of the people of this backwater country. Snake boat races are held around Onam, the harvest festival that falls in August or September, according to the Lunar Calendar. Scores of long snake boats and other smaller crafts participate in the races. The largest team sport in the world, the snake boat races are preceded by colourful procession of boats A snake boat usually has 130 to 150 people on it-- four helmsmen, 25 singers and 100 to 120 oarsmen who row in unison to the fast rhythm of the vanchipattu (songs of the boatmen). Hundreds of thousands of people, on either banks of the river, cheer the slender black-crafts as they slice through the waters to a spectacular finish. The oldest of these events have curious legends and myths attached to their origin. The oldest and most important events in this connection are - Champakulam Moolam Boat Race, Aranmula Uthrattadi Vallamkali, Payippad Jalotsavam and Nehru Trophy Boat Race.
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