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This is a traditional festival of the Miao nationality, which falls on the second day of the second lunar month. There are some typical customs for that day. For example, children will eat eggs that are dyed red for well-being. And it’s considered good for children to hold a red umbrella given by their grandmother, which is considered as a blessing. Young married women will get a spinning wheel from her family as a blessing for rich and happy life. Those who want to give birth to children will b
The April 8th Festival, also known as “Yanu Festival”, is a traditional festival of Miao. On that day,the nearby Miao people will gather together to hold various activities to commemorate the ancient hero Yanu. Main activities includes playing Lusheng (a reed-pipe wind instrument),dancing, singing, swinging and lion dancing.The scene is extremely spectacular.
The Miao people choose to celebrate their new year in early or mid October of the lunar calendar, a time when the farming work is finished. For this important festival, people will dress up in their best and wear silver jewellery. They keep the tradition of singing and dancing to celebrate the harvest and also worship their ancestors. In the middle of October, the Miao people dressed in festive costumes, dressed in silver ornaments, danced and danced to celebrate the harvest and sacrifice their
Every year from May 25th to 27th of the lunar calendar, the Miao people living on the banks of Qingshui River will hold this grand event. The dragon boat is huge and old-fashioned. During the boat racing, there is much fanfare with gongs and drums. After the game, people will share the meals and wine carried on the boats and enjoy themselves till evening comes.
Huashan Festival is one of the most important and grand festivals of the Miao nationality in Guizhou. According to the legend, a diligent and brave young man of Miao, Hei Ge, saved a girl who was in danger, and later they fell in love with each other.However, on their wedding day, the military forces broke into the Miao village and launched a violent attack.The local people were enraged by the atrocities and they rose up in rebellion under the leadership of Hei Ge. Later, Hei Ge died in battle a
The tradition of rolling dragon dance in Zhaiying ancient town has a history of more than 600 years. When it comes to the lunar new year’s eve, the residents of the ancient town will dance dragons and celebrate the good fortune. The dragon is decorated with colored lamps, so when dancing at night, it appears translucent and colorful.
The Water Dragon Festival is one of the most important folk cultural activities of ethnic minorities such as Tujia and Buyi. It has a history of more than 100 years. On the sixth day of the lunar calendar every year, dragon dances will be performed and people will see more than twenty dragons dancing in the streets. Wherever the dragon goes, the households will splash water over it. People will dance the dragon to worship the mountain god and the dragon king. After that, people will gather toget
Lusheng is a reed-pipe wind instrument.The Lusheng Festival is the most common and grand traditional festival in the Miao area, for which singing, dancing and Lusheng playing are the main activities. The name of a Lusheng festival is usually named after the name of a Pohui (another traditional Miao festival). The time of the Lusheng Festival varies from place to place. During the festival, girls in villages will dress up and dance with the lads playing Lusheng for four or five days.
It is said that the 6th day of the sixth lunar month is the dragon’s bathing day. Thus on that day, the middle and old aged women of the Buyi nationality will wash those used household articles such as cushions and quilts in the clear waters such as rivers, ponds and ditches, and they will also take a shower there. For it’s considered that water used by the dragon can protect people from the evil and ensure their well-being. In the evening, the middle and old aged male and female singers will ga
Duan festival is an annual occasion for Shui people to ring the old year out and the new year in, on which people celebrate the harvest and worship their ancestors. “Duan” refers to the beginning and the end of a year. According to the lunar calendar of Shui, the ninth month is the beginning of a year and the eighth month is the end (Except for this, the Shui lunar calendar is the same as traditional Chinese lunar calendar). “Duan” marks the time when crops ripen. Horse race of Shui Minority is
It is a traditional festival of Gelao minority in various regions of Guizhou, which is mostly held on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, while a few regions set the day on the sixth day of the sixth lunar month. On that day, people buy meat and wine, kill chickens and sheep for meat, and pick some precocious rice and corn to cook boiled rice. Kidney beans and green soy beans are made into dishes to worship ancestors. Then the whole family sit together, drink and talk and eat the newly-p