Annually held in Lijiang by the Naxi minority on 15th day of the 1st month of the Chinese lunar calendar, this festival marks the end of the Spring Festival and the beginning of the agricultural production of the New Year. Originally held in the local temples as an important religious fair, it was later moved into the Old Town. On that day, locals flock into the Square Street from far and near, selling or buying wooden and bamboo farm tools. In recent years, this festival has grown to be a large trading event. If you walk along the fair street, you will see a great amount of handles for spades, shovels, rolling pins, carrying poles, and any other wooden rod-shaped goods you can imagine. That is why people call it the BangBang Festival.
5 March 2015
Considered one of the most important festivities for the Naxi minority, the Sanduo Festival is celebrated 8th day of the 2nd month of the lunar calendar. Born during the year of the goat, Sanduo is regarded as the main protector of the Naxi people. A temple dedicate to him in Baisha village, four kilometers away from Lijiang, is home to the annual grand celebration that officially last for three days. Originally known as a hunter, Sanduo represents the soul of the Jade Dragon Mountain for the Naxi community, a legendary hero that continues to protect the local people until today.Celebrations involve the entire district of Lijiang, surrounding villages and communities with an array of traditional dance shows, ceremonies at the Baiyue Temple and a colorful display of typical costumes.
26 March 2015
Counting no more than 60 living Dongba Shamans, Yunnan province celebrates the Dongba Fair every fifth day of the third lunar month of the lunar calendar at the Jade Water Village. Known to be the only religion regarded by the Naxi minority, the Dongbaism also offers a greater display of art and history. During the fair, the Shamans showcase their chanting skills, handwriting their secret language in pictograms and engaging the community in spiritual dances to worship the gods. Inheriting the prestigious title only from their ancestors, the Dongba Shamans gather together on this day with a sense of ethnic identity, unity, and responsibility, working together to preserve the ancient Naxi culture.
23 April 2015
The origin of the festival is related to the ancient Naxi belief that the fire had the power to drive away evils and to protect crop growth by the insects. For this reason the Torch Festival, which occurs on the 24th day of the sixth lunar month, brings together different minorities and communities for three days of celebrations. Burning torches are placed outside each house; cocks and sheep’s fights are organized during the festival as well as horse racing, traditional dances and several bonfires until the final day of the festival. Nicknamed the ‘Carnival of Orient’, the Torch Festival is still known to be one of the grandest festivals in China.
08-10 August 2015