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Sunday, February 24, 2008
Opening the Dragon's Eye
The dragon's 'third eye' is located on its forehead. As part of the traditional ceremony it is opened (a painted line in red). This gives the dragon (and its team) clarity and focus. The two other eyes of the dragon are dotted in white to allow it see more clearly. It is a tradition that all new dragon boats are blessed by Buddhist monks as the dragon is a symbol of the water.