The Upcoming Red Yao Minority

Updated: July 18, 2012 | Clicks: 1275

The traditional "Shaiyi" (Drying Clothes) Festival is held in the Longsheng Jinkeng Hongyao Rice Terraces Scenic Area every 6th day of the 6th Chinese lunar month (July 24th in 2012).

During the festival, Yao minority girls hang their beloved clothes, dresses and exquisite accessories on bamboo poles and window frames. Rows of pink blouses, black skirts, delicate sashes and belts, and hand-embroidered silk scarves are a fantastic ethinic scene for travelers.

Traditional sports, games, and performances are held, and girls display their long hair to compete for the longest.

Here is a timetable of the activities during the Shaiyi Festival.


Activities

Time

Place

Note

1

Hanging clothes up

8:00—9:00 am

Families Singing and Dancing Ground in Dazhai Village


2

Playing suonas, gongs, and drums to welcome guests

10:00—10:30 am

Wind and Rain Bridge

All villagers

3

Commemorating the ancestors by killing pigs and dogs

10:30 am—12:00 pm

Ancestors Stone Statue


4

Crusting glutinous rice

10:30—11:00am

Singing and Dancing Ground in Dazhai Village

Interaction with guests

5

1) Show of hundreds of Yao minority girls combing their long hair

11:00—11:20 am

beside the waterwheel


2) Duet mountain songs sung by fishermen

11:20 am—12:00 pm

beside the waterwheel

Interaction with guests

Lunchtime: 12:00—2:00 pm

6

Girls' Dragon Dance

2:30—2:50pm

Singing and Dancing Ground in Dazhai Village


7

Ethnic Customs Shows

2: 50—3:50 pm

Singing and Dancing Ground in Dazhai Village


1)

Spinning, Weaving, and Embroidering


2)

Carrying the Bamboo Pole

Interaction with guests

3)

Swinging pigs' knuckles and casting pigs' tails to choose the strongest men

3:50—5:00 pm

Singing and Dancing Ground in Dazhai Village

Interaction with guests

Suppertime: 5:00—7:30 pm

8

View villagers carrying flaming torches on the terrace paths

7:30—9:00 pm

Longji Jinkeng Red Minority Terrace


9

Bonfire Party

8:00—9:00 pm

Singing and Dancing Ground in Dazhai Village

Host:Pan Wenyan

1)

Playing drums to welcome guests

2)

Hunting on the mountains

3)

Singing happy songs

4)

Farm tools shows

5)

Antiphonal singing

Interaction with guests

6)

The Reunion Dance

Interaction with guests

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