Saturday, June 7, 2014

Cocos Jukongs


Once commonly used by the Cocos Malays of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, the traditional wooden Cocos Jukong is a version of the Malay sailing boat. Motorised aluminium or fibreglass boats are now the norm.

Five days of jukong racing takes place on the lagoon side of Home Island during Hari Raya festivities. Up to 50 boats compete for prize money in as many as five categories, with between nine and twelve jukongs competing in each race.

Each boat is crewed by three to six people, depending on the wind conditions.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 11 Feb 1999
Postmark : Cocos (Keeling) Islands 6799
Denomination : 5 x 45c
Stamp Size : 26mm x 37.5mm

A LIL' NOTE

The Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, also called Cocos Islands and Keeling Islands, is a territory of Australia, located in the Indian Ocean. The population of Cocos Islands is generally split between the ethnic Europeans on West Island and the ethnic Malays on Home Island.

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