There are 49 ethnic minorities living in Guizhou, including Miao, Zhuang, Tujia, Dong, Yao, Hui and Man. Guizhou offers a unique experience of ethnic folk customs, with more than 1000 ethnic festivals throughout the year. Kaili is one of most popular destinations of Guizhou where gathered the most minorities and attracts large number of tourists. The minorities hold many complex and old welcoming ceremonies, worship their totems, and play their own euphonious music while dancing. China Highlights has listed the following ethnic festivals worth attending while visiting Guizhou. See Our Festival Tours, or simply let's customize a tour for you.
Featured Guizhou Festivals
The Sisters' Meals festival is celebrated by the Miao ethnic people in southwestern China's Guizhou province, especially in the Taijiang and Jianhe counties along the banks of the Qingshui River. It is regarded as the oldest Asian Valentine's Day. Check out our tours to celebrate this 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 is the most famous and grand of the bunch. See our Lusheng Festival Tour
The Dragon Canoe Festival is one of the four most important festivals celebrated by the Miao ethnic minority who lives on the banks of the Qingshui River, in southwest China's Guizhou Province. The other three important festivals celebrated by the Miao people are the Miao New Year, the Lusheng Festival and the Sister's Meal Festival. The Miao seemingly celebrate an endless number of festivals during the course of a year.
These specially trained and groomed bulls don’t take part in the farm work generally, but they are fed special food like honey and are pampered.The Dong people in the area of southeastern Guizhou enjoy the bullfights. It is gory. And bull fight spectacles are a part of many of their festivals. But the two days each year are festivals especially for the bull fights. The ceremony and spectacle may interest some travellers.
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.
The Dong people are an interesting ethnic group of about two million people in China who have retained a lot of their customs and traditions to the point that their architecture, dress, and customs really stand out as different and interesting. In particular, they are known for their architecture style. They make decorated covered bridges and drum towers.
Note: The dates of festivals we provide below are for reference only. They are subject to change due to various reasons including weather conditions. If you plan to see and participate in the festivals, it is recommended that you contact our travel advisors for the most up-to-date information.
|Guizhou Festivals Calendar 2014|
|Festivals||Dates in 2014||Main Activities||Venues||Participants|
|Jump Flower Festival (跳花坡)||February 9||Lusheng dance and singing||Suoga Town, Liuzhi County, Liushui City (六盘水市六枝特区梭嘎乡）||Celebrated by Long Hom Miao (长角苗), about 3,000 participants|
|Jump Flower Festival (跳花坡)||March 15||Singing, meeting and bull fight||Nankai Town, Shuicheng County (水城特区南开乡)||Celebrated by Small Flowery Miao (小花苗), about 10,000 participants|
|Lusheng Festival (芦笙节)||February 17–19||Lusheng dance, singing and bull fighting||Zhouxi Town, Kaili City (凯里市舟溪镇)||Celebrated by Long Skirt Miao (长裙苗), about 20,000 participants|
|Double Third Festival (三月三)||March 31–April 2 approx.||Lusheng dance, singing and meeting||Baojing Town, Zhenyuan County (镇远县报京乡)||Celebrated by Buyi minority (布依族）, about 10,000 participants|
|Sisters Meal Festival (姊妹饭节)||April 14–16||Market, singing, lusheng dance and eating sisters meal||Shidong Town, Taijiang County (台江县施洞镇）||Celebrated by Miao minority (苗族), about 10,000 participants|
|April-Eighth Festival (四月八)||May 6||Horse racing, bull fighting, singing, lusheng dance and meeting||Feiyun Ya, Huangping County (黄平县飞云崖)||Celebrated by Miao minority, about 15,000 participants|
|Dragon Boat Festival (龙舟节）||June 22–24||Dragon boat racing, market, singing and dancing||Shidong Town, Taijiang County (台江县施洞镇）||Celebrated by Miao minority, about 30,000 participants|
|Climbing Festival (爬坡节)||July 15–17 approx.||Mountain climbing, bullfight, singing and meeting||Xianglu Mount, Kaili City (凯里市香炉山)||Celebrated by Miao minority, about 20,000 participants|
|Double Sixth Festival (六月六)||July 2||Singing and playing music with leaves||Suburban Area of Zhenfeng County, Southwest Guizhou Prefecture (黔西南州贞丰县郊区)||Celebrated by Buyi minority， about 10,000 participants|
|China International Lusheng Festival (中国国际芦笙节)||September 10–14 approx.||Bullfight and exhibition for ethnic costumes and ethinc artwares||Kaili City, Southeast Guizhou Prefecture (黔东南州凯里市)||About 20,000 participants|
|Lusheng Festival (芦笙节)||October 19–21||Horse racing, bullfight, lusheng dance and market||Chang'an Riverside, Huangping County (黄平县重安江)||Celebrated by Miao minority, about 20,000 participants|
|Lusheng Festival (芦笙节)||October 20–22||Bullfight, lusheng dance and singing||Gulong Town, Huangping County (黄平县谷陇乡)||Celebrated by Miao minority, about 30,000 participants|
|Miao New Year Festival (苗年）||November 8–12||Singing,dancing and meeting||Kaili City and Leishan County (凯里市、雷山县)||About 50,000 participants|
|Song Festival (卯节)||November 28||Dancing, singing and bull fight||Jiuqian Town, Sandu County (三都县九阡)||
Celebrated by Shui minority (水族), about 5,000 participants
I updated this article on February 12, 2014
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