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Lusheng Festival of Miao Ethnic People

Date: First Lunar Month 16th-20th
Place: Guizhou and Yunnan Provinces
Activities: Lusheng Festival is one of the most important festivals for ethnic Miao groups in Guizhou Province. This is a colorful courting party replete with exciting bullfights, horse races, Lusheng (a traditional musical instrument) playing, singing contests, costume shows and traditional dancing. The girls in their intricate silver head-dresses and beautiful embroidered costumes flaunt their wealth and beauty to attract their future husbands.

Scattered in Guizhou, Hunan, Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the Miao people form larger compact communities in the southeast part of Guizhou and the juncture areas of Hunan, Hubei, Sichuan and Guizhou provinces (mainly in western Hunan).

The Lusheng Festival is a traditional festival of the Miaos. It is celebrated in many parts of southwestern China, but falls on different times. The Kaili International Lusheng Art Festival held in Guizhou on August 18 every year is particularly well known. The major activities are singing in antiphonal style, bullfighting and dancing to the strains of the lusheng, a wind instrument popular among the Miaos.

All the Miao people come together from different villages. The girls dress up in their best traditional costume and silver headdresses, while the boys carry their lusheng and head to the Lusheng Stadium to celebrate the festival. They circle in rings as the girls dance to the rhythm of the music provided by the boys. The ceremony is performed to bring hope for a favorable harvest in the coming year alongside good health. It is also a chance for the youth to express their admiration and love towards one another.

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