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Major Festivals of Ethnic Minorities in China

China is a large country with 55 ethnic minorities. Because of the differences in living environments, history and customs, characteristic festivals are held by the ethnic minorities besides the Spring Festival , and Mid-autumn Festival that the Han Chinese celebrate. All these traditional ethnic minority festivals are regarded as indispensable components of the minorities' customs.

It is estimated that more than 1,200 of the 1,700 Chinese festivals are ethnic minorities' festivals. Each festival there is based on its own origin or legend, and a single festival can also have different origins.Minority people in China boast various festivals and almost every nationality has its own major festivals. Typical examples are New Year Festival according to Tibetan Calendar for Tibetan people, Water-Splashing Festival for Dai people, Torch Festival for Yi People, Temple and Trade Fair in March for Bai people, Singing Carnival for Zhuang people and Nadam Fair for Mongolian people. In addition, some local governments have set traditional festivals for minority people as legal festivals, such as New Year Festival according to Tibetan Calendar and Corban Festival.

March Fair Festival: Also known as the Kwan-yin Fair, is one of the most important festivals. It is held annually at the foot of the Diancang Mountain in the west of Dali city. The fair lasts from the 15th to 20th in the third month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Of religious origin, it has become a commercial. >> Read more

Torch Festival: On the 25th of the sixth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, the Bai celebrate the annual Torch Festival in a special way. They wear costumes and butcher pigs and sheep for a feast. Children dye their fingernails red with a kind of flower root. >> Read more


Festival of Dai Ethnic Group
The Water-splashing Festival is the most important occasion in the area, which seems to inject a bit of life into the otherwise uneventful region. The whole community and tourists alike will be out in the streets joyfully joining in a battle of water splashing onto each other during that day. The city turns out to be a sea of billow and spray.  >> Read more

Festivals of Dong Ethnic Group
Dong New Year: The Dong New Year is a very important occasion for the Dong Ethnic people as the New Year Festival to the Han Chinese. Days before the New Year, Dong people make new clothes, clean their houses, make glutinous rice cakes, slaughter pigs, cattle for feasts.. >> Read more

Bullfighting Festival:  Dong people enjoy bullfighting, so all the villages raise buffaloes which are good fighters. The festival is celebrated on Hai day in the eight or ninth months. >> Read more


Festivals of Miao Ethnic Group
Miao New Year: The celebration of the Miao New Year in Leishan, Guizhou Province is the grandest among Miao festivities. During the event tourists can enjoy watching enchanting Miao customs come alive through various kinds of ethnic activities. These include the festival parade that features Miao girls and women in traditional Miao dress, the traditional music of the Lusheng (a kind of musical instrument made of bamboo), bullfights, horseracing, and of course, lots of singing and dancing. >> Read more

Lusheng Festival: The Lusheng Festival is the most influential festival of the Miao community. It is popular throughout Guizhou, Yunnan, and Sichuan Provinces, the Lusheng Festival in Kaili, Guizhou being the most famous and grand of the bunch. It begins on the 16th of the first lunar month, and climaxes on the 19th and 20th. >> Read more

Sisters' Meal Festival:  The Sisters' Meals festival is celebrated by the Miao people in southwest China's Guizhou province, especially in the Taijiang and Jianhe Counties along the banks of the Qingshui River. It is the oldest Asian Valentine's Day. >> Read more


Bullfighting Festival of Miao Ethnic People:  When the bullfighting festival comes become the competition takes place, the owners will feed their bulls with glutinous rice and sometimes they even sever them one or two liang alcohol Hundreds of other bulls( the bulls will come take part in the event) will be herded to the fighting venue to watch the event and at the same time encourage their hero in the stage. The bull gain the first, second and third places will be awarded by a banner.>> Read more

Festivals of Naxi Ethnic Group
Mule and Horse Fair: The Naxi people have long had a tradition of raising fine horses. Their caravans have remained prosperous over hundreds of years, reaching Dali, Kunming and even Lhasa. During the Ming (CE 1368-1644) Dynasty, the feudal headman from Lijiang, Mude, was even permitted to pay his annual tribute to the emperor in the form of Lijiang horses instead of currency. Since then, Lijiang horse have become well known. With the development of the modern trade economy, Lijiang horses have become a brand name, and therefore an annual horse and mule fair has been formed.  >> Read more

Adult Ceremony:The Adult Ceremony, held upon a girl of the Jino ethnic minority reaching fifteen years old or a boy sixteen. To the Jino people, the ceremony is of such great importance as it indicates the transition from childhood into adulthood with both clothing and hairstyles are changed to indicate this fact.
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Corban Festival :Corban is an important festival for Muslims. Corban Festival is also called Zaishengjie while the Hui people call it Zhongxiaojie (festival of faith and obedience). It comes 70 days after the Feast of the Fast Breaking, or the tenth day of the second month in the Islamic calendar. The festival bears the meaning that disciples will devote everything to show their obedience and faith to Allah. .>> Read more

KaizhaiFestival: According to Islam, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar is the fasting month of Ramadan. During this month, every Muslim must eat breakfast before sunrise, with no food or water allowed then until after sunset. After 29 or 30 days of fasting comes the traditional Kaizhai Festival on the first day of the tenth month on the Islamic calendar which lasts three days..>> Read more

Tibetan New Year:New Year festival according to Tibetan calendar is the most important and glamorous festival for Tibetan people. It usually lasts for 15 days from the first day of a new year according to Tibetan calendar. In the morning of the festival, young people will dress up and greet one another to express their best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year. They will also go to the temples nearby to pay homage to the Buddha, or go to the streets in large groups for singing and dancing spree; however, they don¡¯t pay a visit to the home of their relatives and friends during this time...>> Read more

Snow Dayton Festival:This is a long history of Tibet's traditional festivals, in the Tibetan language, "Snow" Yogurt mean, "Dayton" is the "feast" of Italy, from the literal interpretation of the "Festival " "The holiday eating yogurt." Festibal activities was due to gradually evolve into in order to develop Tibetan - based, so it is also known as the "Tibetan Opera Festival." The Festival strats Go to the Norbu Lingka, and gradually formed a set of fixed ceremony of the festival. At the same time in the cla,chul Temple, Sera large - scale exhibition will be held in Buddhist ..>> Read more

Nadam Fair: Nadam Fair was held for large-scale sacrificial activities and to pray for blessings from Manito. Now, activities like wrestling, horseracing, and archery (the three skills all Mongolian men should master) are the primary role of the fair.The fair finishes with a bonfire party during the night when the young people singing and dancing...>> Read more

Chinese Festivals Chinese festivals are colorful and noisy affairs, often with thousands of people turning out to join in the celebration. Fireworks, festive feasting, lion and fire dragon dancers, incense smoke, Chinese opera, Bun towers, Chinese new year market, Dragon boat racing and parades come together in a variety of combinations to create a uniquely festive atmosphere seen nowhere else in the world.

Traditional Chinese Festivals   Boasting rich cultural meaning and a long history, traditional Chinese festivals compose an important and brilliant part of Chinese culture. Almost every festival has its own unique origins and customs which reflect the traditional practices and morality of the whole Chinese nation and its people. The grandest and most popular festivals are the Spring Festival, the Lantern Festival, the Qingming Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Double Seventh Festival, the Mid-autumn Festival, the Chongyang Festival, and the Laba Festival.

Delicacy Festivals and Celebrations China boasts many picturesque locations. Different places are characterized by diverse places of interest. In order to make these scenic locations better known to people and publicize Chinese culture in general, the governments in different regions organize festivals which utilize local tourist resorts. Because these festivals are closely linked with the famous local scenic places and are full of amusements and activities which give visitors an insight into local customs in a relaxed atmosphere, they are known as tourist festivals.