Honghe Hani Rice Terraces Festivals and Events
Main ethnic groups in Honghe Hani Rice Terraces are Hani, Yi, Han, Dai, Miao, Yao, Zhuang. Hani People are indigenous peoples, living in Honghe Hani Rice Terraces for generations. These minority people created their own traditional culture, so there are diverse festivals and activities in Honghe Hani Rice Terraces.
Festivals in Honghe Hani Rice Terraces
1. Kuzhazha Festival(苦扎扎节)
Celebrated in the middle of the 6th lunar month, Kuzhazha Festival is also called June New Year. It is one of the grandest traditional festivals of Hani people as hilarious as Spring Festival of Han people. Its main activities are playing the swing, wrestling, singing and dancing.
2. AngMaTu Festival(昂玛突)
Angmatu festival is a sacrificial activity of Hani people, helding before annual spring ploughing(usually in the middle of January). To pray for a good weather for crops, good grain harvest, people and livestock are safe and sound in the coming year, Hani people prepare long street banquet, sing and dance. The event lasts 3 to 5 days.
3. Torch Festival
It is the grandest festival of Yi people. Every year on the 24th day of the 6th lunar month, Yi villages are all to prepare a big feast and have a joyous gathering. At night, villagers light their torches and shout to march through the field. It means scaring away the devil and welcoming the harvest.
4. Huashan Festival花山节
Every year, the second day of Lunar January is the traditional festival of Miao people, Huashan Festival, also known as “Caihuashan”. Flower pole is the significant symbol of the festival. On this day, Miao people wear traditional costume, perform Lusheng(芦笙表演) and choose the king of flower pole.
Activities in Honghe Hani Rice Terraces
1. Long Street Banquet
Long Street Banquet is divided into three types, village God worship long street banquet, June New Year long street banquet and October New Year long street banquet. It shows Hani culture, costume, musical dance and swing performance.
2. Traditional Markets
There are many traditional markets in Honghe Hani Rice Terraces. You can fully experience various ethnic lifestyles and costumes when you are strolling around the markets. Laomeng Market(老勐集市) in Jinping County is famous for a long time, it holds every Sunday.