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Yukka Nu Hii[clarification needed] is an annual Ryukyuan festival, which centers around the traditional haarii dragon boat races. The festival dates back to the 14th century, where it was adopted from the Chinese. Modern celebrations of Yukka Nu Hii occur at different dates throughout the Ryukyu islands and each one lasts for several days. The haarii races are a form of giving thanks to the sea and agricultural gods and asking for their continued help for the future.[1][2]

Currently, Naha is host to the largest haarii race, although Itoman and Tamagusuku are also known for holding large races.[3]


  1. "Haarii Dragon Boat races promise Monday excitement" Japan Update (2007-06-14)
  2. "The May 4th (Yukka Nu Hii) Festivals and Haarii Races" Okinawan Prefectural Government 2003
  3. Charles, Bill "Dragon boat races add excitement to Golden Week" (2007-05-02)