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 Dongba Fair

Dongba Fair

Written by Chris QuanUpdated Aug. 17, 2023
  • Celebrated: Mar. 28
  • Location: Yunnan

Every year, on the fifth day of the third lunar month, the annual Dongba Fair is held in Lijiang Jade Water Village, a settlement of the Naxi minority. It is a grand spectacle.

Main Festival Activities

On this day local Dongbasgo to Dongba Shi Luo Temple very early. They light incense burners and burn joss sticks to worship gods and their ancestors.

It is an opportunity for all Dongbas to show their talents and skills. Dongbas chant Dongba scripture and one-by-one do a Dongba dance in their own way.

Later they communicate Dongba culture with each other and learn from each other. They love their ethnicity and their folk cultures. They gather with a sense of ethnic identity, unity, and responsibility. They work together to preserve the ancient Naxi culture and carry it forward.

Festival Purpose and Benefits

The purpose of the annual Dongba fair is to preserve the Naxi minority's ancient and unique Dongba culture better and call all Dongbas together to carry out a traditional series of Dongba cultural activities. Activities include Dongba culture performances, culture communication, and Dongba culture study and research.

The fair gives all Dongbas opportunities to show what they have learned, share experiences, and discuss preserving their culture.

At the same time it offers a new hot spot for Lijiang's tourism industry, and promotes Naxi tourism's steady development with ancient, rich, and colorful folk activities.

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