China Ethnic Holidays 2014/5/6
|Tibetan||Tibetan New Year Festival in Shigatse(日喀则藏年)||Jan 29th||Jan. 21st||winter||Shigatse|
house clean up,exorcism, horse racing,worship Buddha, family reunion and perform Jiaxie dance(甲谐), which is unique to Shigatse.
The dancers in red or yellow silk costumes and a very big hats are n eye-catching. This primitive dance can last for a whole day.
|Tibetan||Banishing Evil Spirits Festival(驱鬼节)||Jan 29th||winter||winter||Tibet||Each monastery will stage a large-scale Buddha Dance (Cham Dance) and each family will perform a ritual to banish all the ghosts away.|
|Tibetan||Cham Dancing Festival (Buddist Dance Festival)跳神节)||Jan 29th||winter||winter||Potala Palace||Lamas wear exotic masks identifying roles from Buddha to demons and circle around Potala Palace, aiming to dispel devils and pray for a happy year ahead.|
|Miao||Huashan Festival(花山节)||Feb1-6||Feb19-24||Feb9-14||Chuxiong,Yunnan||bull fighting, collective dance, courtesy singing|
|Lisu||Daogan Festival(刀杆节)||Feb7||Feb 26||Feb15||Kunming||watch Lisu men climb a ladder made of blades barefooted|
|Miao|| Tiaohua Festival|
(1)Feb 9,2014: Liuzhi County
(2) Spring or Autumn in Zhijin County
(3)May 6,2014 in Fenghuang Ancient Town
Fenghuang Ancient Town
(1)Liuzhi County(六枝县) of Guizhou
(2) Zhijin County(织金县) of Guizhou
(3)Jiangshan Town,Fenghuang Ancient City(凤凰古城江山镇)
Reed Pipe Singing& Dance,
trade,parade,bull fighting,horse racing,wrestling,archery,folk music, Bonfire party
Feature: dazzling Miao costumes,odd hair style of Long-horn Miao in Liuzhi County.
In Zhijin County（织金县), it is held in over 20 sites regularly. Those hold in the first sheep day after July 13 (lunar month) in Zhucang Town(珠藏镇青山羊场),Longchang Town(龙场镇箐脚) and Dashan Village, Huaqi Town(化起镇大山村) attract over 10,000 participants.
Lunar Month: Jan 15
|Feb14||Mar 5||Feb 22||Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture(德宏州) of Yunnan||the grandest celebration of Jingpo people, the biggest collective dance on earth|
|Feb 17-19,2014 (best days:18 and 19)||Mar8-10||Feb 25-27||Zhouxi Miao Village of Guizhou||Lusheng dance, Bullfighting, Parade, Romantic courtesy singing. The annual event Kaili GanniangXiang International Reed-pipe Festival(中国·凯里甘囊香国际芦笙节)held in Zhouxi Miao Village is the grandest.|
|Naxi||Sanduo Festival(三朵节)||Mar 8||Mar27||Mar16||the Old Town of Lijiang||Sanduo is the protection god of Naxi people. Time to see the ancient ritual of Naxi people.|
|Apr2||Apr21||Apr 9||In Southwest China's ethnic villages including Zhenyuan County and Guilin||Festivities vary with different tribes. festival snacks will be made,rituals and collective dances will be performed. It is celebrated in the form of Gexu Festival by Zhuang people and Firecracker Festival by Dong people. Spring outing and courtesy are higlights.|
|Dai||Water Splashing Festival泼水节||Apr 13-16||Apr 13-16||Apr 13-16||Xishuangbanna of Yunnan||The grandest festival of the Dai, the most influential festival in Yunnan. Lasting from 3 to 5 days,it involves merrymaking,dragon boat racing, shopping,set off river lanterns,bathing the Buddha, light-hearted worship ritual, and most importantly,water-splashing.|
|Yao||Red Clothes Festival(红衣节)||Apr14||May 15||Apr21||Huangluo Yao Village of Longsheng, Guilin(桂林龙胜县城和泗水乡)||As the biggest celebration in Longsheng,it displays Yao, Miao, Dong and Zhuang people's singing, dancing perfomrmances and Long Hair Competition.|
|Apr 14-16||May 15-17||Apr 21-23|| Shidong Miao Village|
|Famed as Oriental Valentine's Day, it involves courtesy sing, Reed-pipe dance and parade|
|March Street三月街||April 14||May15-19||Apr 21-25||Dali(Yunnan)|
|May 6||May 25||May14||(1)Feiyun Cliff, Huangping County (2)Guiyang City of Guizhou||Reedpipe singing&dance|
|Bai||Butterfly Meeting（蝴蝶会）||May13||Jun1||May21||Butterfly Spring,Dali,Yunnan||Bai people's Valentine's Day|
|Tibetan||Saga Dawa Festival萨嘎达瓦节||May 29||summer||summer||Tibet||Celebrated during the whole 4th lunar month of Tibetan calendar, it honors Sakyamuni Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death.|
|Bouyei||Liuyueliu六月六||July 2||July 21||July 9||Zhenfeng County,southwest Guizhou|
|Folk song singing contest,whistling on bamboo leaves|
|Miao||Miao Dragon Boat Festival|
|June22||July9-12||June28-July1||Shidong Miao Village of Guizhou||Dragon boat race, trade in market fair|
|The Mongols||Naadam Festival那达慕||July 11-13||July to Sep||July to Sep||Gegentala Grassland,Inner Mongalia||Horse racing, wrestling and archery|
|YI||Torch Festival火把节（lunar: June 24)||July 20-23||Aug 8-10||July27-30|
Southwest China's Sichuan and Yunnan province:
Dali and Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture,etc
Bullfighting, goat fighting, horse racing, wrestling, singing, fire worship ceremony, parade, bonfire party, circle around the field and pray for good harvest.
Regarding scale, popularity and activities, Liangshan Yi Torch Festival (西昌凉山彝族火把节)is the grandest.
Horse Racing, wrestling, archery and beauty contest are its highlights.
(Festival of Turning the Wheel of Dharma转山节)
|July 31||Autumn||Autumn||Tibet||Falling on the fourth day of the sixth Tibetan lunar month, it is one of the four major Buddhist holidays. It commemorates the Buddha's first sermon and the teaching of the Four Noble Truths.|
Nagchu Horse Racing Festival(那曲赛马节)
|Aug 1-15||Aug 1-15||Aug 1-15||Nagchu,southern Tibet||Feast eye on Tibetans in their beautiful festival attires and ornaments, watch the most breathtaking horse racing in Tibet. Weather is very pleasant. Scenery is beautiful.|
|Tibetan||Shoton Festival雪顿节||August 25-31||It is one of the most prevalent festivals in Tibet.Monks are freed from cloisters to enjoy yogurt offered by pilgrims.Giant Thangkas will be unveiled in Drepung Monastery and Tibetan opera troupes will perform operas at Norbulingka.|
|Bai||Kaihai Festival开海节||Sep 28||Sep 28||Sep 28||Hongshan Peninsula, Shuanglang Town,Dali,Yunnan(双廊镇红山半岛)||This 4000-year-old tradition marks the fishing season of the Bai people concentrating in Dali. Activities:Sea God Worship Ritual,set the captives free, cruisine along Erhai Lake, Boat Racing|
|Nov 18-19 (2014)||Chong'anjiang Town|
Matang Gejia Village
|Singing, dance,immerse into|
local market to experience fresh tribal life
|Tibetan||Lhabab Duchen佛陀天降日||Nov 14||Winter||Winter||A day of celebrating the Buddha Sakyamuni’s descent from the heavenly realms to the earth|
Lunar Month: Sep27-29
|Nov 19- 20||Nov8-10||Oct 27||Gulong Dazhai Village,Huangping County,Guizhou(黄平县的谷陇大寨)||Reedpiple sing & dance. Share the merry atmosphere and visual spectacle with around 10,000 participants.|
|Hani||Hani New Year十月节||Nov22||Nov12||Oct31|
Hani's longest, biggest and most colorful celebration.
slaughter livestocks,prepare various snacks, and put on festival best. Long Table Banquet joined by hundreds of thousands of villagers held in Red River well worth participation.
|Miao||Miao New Year Festival苗族新年||usually takes place during Middle Nov (the exact date will be announced a month before it takes place)||winter||winter||Southwest China's Guizhou province(Zhouxi Town|
|Feature:the grandest festival of Miao people.Beat drums, horse racing,bullfighting,singing and dancing|
|Dong|| Dong New Year Festival|
|Middle to late Dec||Middle to late Dec||Middle to late Dec||Middle to late Dec|
Liping County and Rongjiang County of Guizhou
Lusheng dance, bullfighting,Lantern Fair,Dong opera,
Singing and dancing,
|Yao||Panwang Festival盘王节||Dec 7||Nov27||Nov 15||(1)Hunan province|
(2)Liannan, Guangdong province
|All the rituals, singing, dancing revolve around the ancient Panwang Worship. Long Drum Dance is very engaging,you wont find it elsewhere on earth.|
|Tibetan||Butter Lantern Festival酥油灯节||Dec 16||winter||winter||Kumbum Monastery(塔尔寺) and Lhasa||To commemorate the death of Tsongkhapa, the founder of Gelugpa School of Tibetan Buddhism, this festival displays assorted yak butter sculptures in most monasteries in Tibet. To see the best, head to Kumbum Monastery.|
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