A BENDIGO group is ready to awaken their new dragon boat with a special eye dotting ceremony at Lake Weerona.
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The Bendigo group, which has more than 20 members, ordered and received their new dragon boat in February last year.
New dragon boats usually receive traditional eye dotting but Dragons Abreast Bendigo paddler Jennie Mathews said the group had been unable to hold the important ceremony due to COVID-19 restrictions.
"We haven't been able to put the head or tail on the boat because you can't do that until the eyes are dotted," Mrs Mathews said.
"We have just been calling it a large canoe but now she will be an actual dragon boat.
"Doug Lougoon with be dotting the eye. It gives the dragon blood and then she can go into the water because she's alive and can see."
Mrs Mathews said the ceremony would be held at 6.30pm at the Lake Weerona boat shed.
She said people would need to follow COVID-safe practices if attending.
"The club worked very hard to be able to buy a new boat," Mrs Mathews said. "It's just so exciting because we've never had one.
Mrs Mathews said more information about the event could be found at the group's Facebook page: facebook.com/DABendigo
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