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Dong Ethnic Group’s Firecracker Festival

Dong Ethnic Group’s Firecracker Festival(侗族花炮节): This festival is widely celebrated among Dong people for hundreds of years. Among them, the one held in FuluTown, Sanjiang Dong Minority Autonomous Prefecture(三江侗族自治县富禄镇) is the most representative one.
Dong people will ignite three firecrackers attached with three steel rings first, then people will compete for those rings. Firecrackers are associated with auspicious meanings: the first firecracker is associated with the prosperity of a family; the second firecracker indicates fortune and the third firecracker metaphors promotion. Dong Ethnic Group's Firecracker Festival will be held on Jan 3rd in Sanjiang, Feb 2nd in Meilin, March 3rd in Fulu and December 26 in Linxi according to lunar calendar.
Festival ParadeYao people will carry a pretty girl (抬玉女) when they parade along the street
 Three firecrackers on pigs' heads will be ignited and people will compete to get the rings Masks used on this festival

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