Yunnan Top Festivals(2/2)
Jingpo People, one of China’s 56 ethnic groups, mainly inhabit the area of The Déhóng Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture in west Yunnan. It shares over 500km long’s borderline with Burma and boasts tropical landscape, massive temple clusters and exotic customs. Each January 15 to 17(lunar calendar) or March 4 to 6 (solar calendar), the Munaocong Singing&Dancing Festival will take place.
|Munaocong Singing&Dancing Festival of Jingpo People|
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The most famous Bull Fighting Festival: Bull Fighting Festival of Miao People(苗族斗牛会)
As we know, Spain is famous for Bull Fighting. But after a Spanish folklore expert appreciated various Bull Fighting Events in China, he exclaimed that the most thrilling bull fighting occurs in China, China’s most thrilling bull fighting occurs in its west area, and west area’s most exciting bull fighting occurs among the Miao People.
The most unique etiquette: Jinuo people’s Come-of-Age Ceremony(基诺族的成人礼)
Come-of-age marks a significant turning point in life while the come-of-age ceremony symbolizes the end of childhood and the beginning of adult life.
The most influential ethnic festival: Water Splashing Festival of Dai People傣族泼水节
Dai people call them “the People of Water” and celebrate their new year with Water-Splashing Festival. Each middle of April (solar calendar) will see this festival kick off. With a history of over 700 years, this festival has its footprint in Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. Various activities include bath the Buddha statues, peacock dance, elephant dance, throw and catch, fireworks display and more importantly water splash will be held. As the most influential festival with the largest number of participants in Yunnan, it will last from three to seven days. To feel the essence of Xishangbanna’s culture, it is a must-join festival.
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