Nowka Bais is the traditional form of dragon boat style racing in rural villages of Bangladesh held after the monsoon rains and reflects many of the customs of the country. The Nowka Bais was introduced to the UK in Oxford by Aziz-Ur Rahman and his sons in 2007. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength and has now become an annual national event in the Bangladeshi cultural calendar attracting thousands of people from all over the UK. Nowka Bais in the UK is organised and operated by Nowka Bais CIC a community trust company, and with the help of a steering committee.
The 9th National Nowka Bais was held at Edgbaston Reservoir again, Birmingham which attracted over 20,000 people from all corners of the country this year