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Si Yue Ba Festival


 
Si Yue Ba (April the Eighth) is a traditional festival widely celebrated by Miao, Dong, Yao, Zhuang, Yi, Buyi and Qilao minorities in Guizhou, western Hunan, northern Guangxi. Tibetans in Sichuan also celebrate this day in the form of Buddha Bathing Festival, or Zhuanshan Festival.

Si Yue Ba celebrated by Miao people in Guiyang, is the grandest and most influential one. According to Miao people, the eighth day of the fourth lunar month was the day Yalu, one ancient Miao hero sacrificed his life during the war against invaders. To commemorate him, ten thousands of Miao people will dress up and flood into the fountain in downtown Guiyang and host a multitude of festivities such as Reed-Pipe Singing, Golden Pheasant Dance, Lion Dance, Drum Beating, drama, acrobatics, bullfighting, rooster fighting, singing contest and Kungfu Show. It is a time to feast eye on their amazing costumes and get involved into local life. “Climbing to the Blade Ladder” and “Treading upon Fires” are two thrilling performances you should not miss. Besides, Miao people will prepare a special food named Wufan which is made of glutinous rice dyed with black juice.
 
 
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si yue ba festival miao people
 "Climbing to the Blade Ladder"
si yue ba festival miao people
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si yue ba festival miao people


Zhuang(壮族), Dong(侗族), She(畲族) , Gelao(仡佬族) as well as Buyi people(布依族) celebrate this day in the form of Buffalo King Festival. On this day, all the buffaloes will enjoy one day’s rest and be fed with rice wine, eggs and glutinous rice. To avoid becoming a laugh stock, Dong people, in particular, will pay great attention to wash and beautify their buffaloes on this day. After a soothing “spa” and a grand banquet, buffaloes will be taken to the lush meadows to enjoy the juicy grass. Their masters will watch the weather closely. If it is a sunny day, Dong people will jump with joy, for it promises a harvest year ahead and signifies the blessing from Buffalo King. Buyi people will prepare Buffalo King Ciba and glutinous rice, not only for themselves, but also for the buffaloes. In Zhenning Buyi and Miao Autonomous County, Guizhou, people will also offer each child one cooked rooster and let them enjoy outdoor life along the riverside...
 
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Si Yue Ba celebrated by She People
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Gelao People celebrate Si Yue Ba Festival
 
 
 
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si yue ba festisval gelao people
Si Yue Ba Festisval celebrated by Buyi People
 
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Si Yue Ba Festisval celebrated by Buyi PeopleSi Yue Ba Festisval celebrated by Buyi People
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Si Yue Ba Festisval celebrated by Buyi PeopleSi Yue Ba Festisval celebrated by Buyi People


Heading eastward to south China, Han Chinese living in Nanjing, Yixing and Xuancheng are busy with preparing Wufan (A specific herb is gathered to extract the black juice to dye glutinous rice. ) for Wufan Festival.

Heading all the way northwest, the Tibetans in Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan is hosting Buddha Bathing Festival, also known as Zhuanshan Festival which roots deeply into the soil of Tibetan Buddhism.

It is said Sakyamuni was born on this day, and nine dragons will bath him. Monasteries in Kangding, big or small, will host grand parade, which is joined by an overwhelming number of pilgrims. They gather from far-flung villages and towns, bringing wine, food and tents. The main activities include circling along Kangding Mountain, visiting Jingang Monastery and Nanwu Monastery or Paoma Hill, singing, dancing, barbecue and spring outing. Buddhists believe that perform one good deed or chant the sutra in this month will be rewarded with endless blessing.
 
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kangding zhuanshan festival
 Tibetans celebrate Zhuanshan Festival in Kangding, Sichuan province in April, 8th(lunar month)
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