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There are 49 ethnic minorities living in Guizhou, including the Miao, Zhuang, Tujia, Dong, Yao, Hui and Man. Guizhou offers a unique experience of ethnic folk customs, with more than 1,000 ethnic festivals throughout the year. Kaili is one of the most popular places in Guizhou for minorities to gather, and it attracts large number of tourists. The minorities convene many complex and ancient welcome 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.
Sister’s Meal Festival is celebrated in southeast Guizhou province. It is a traditional festival of the Miao people. On that day, Miao girls give four-color rice to the man they love as a present. It is considered the oldest "Valentine's Day" of China.
The lusheng is a traditional Chinese reed instrument. Lusheng Festival in Kaili, Guizhou is the most influential and grandest of the Miao ethnicity festivals. The girls dress up in their best costumes and symbolic silver headdresses, while the boys carry their lusheng to play at the Lusheng Stadium.
Dragon Canoe Festival is one of the four important traditional festivals of the Miao people. Large-scale traditional activities are held during the festival, including dragon boat races, canoe races, and post-race events.
Around the end of January and August, the Dong minority people hold their bull fighting festival, which has strong ethnic characteristics. If you are enthusiastic about Chinese ethnic culture, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to experience this festival.
Different from traditional Chinese New Year, Miao New Year is often celebrated after the rice harvest, and usually lasts 5–15 days. People worship their ancestors, play the lusheng (a reed instrument), and visit their neighboring villages during the festival.
Dong people in different areas celebrate Dong New Year at different times, but usually around early December. Numerous ethnic activities are held during the festival. Young Dong couples often hold their wedding ceremonies on that day.
Note: Festival dates provided below are for reference only. They are subject to change for various reasons, including weather conditions. If you plan to see or participate in the festivals, it is recommended that you contact our travel advisors for the most up-to-date information.
|Guizhou Festivals Calendar 2017|
|Festivals||Dates in 2017||Main Activities||Venues||Participants|
|Jump Flower Festival (跳花坡)||Feb. 6||Lusheng dance and singing||Suoga Town, Liuzhi County, Liuspanhui City (六盘水市六枝特区梭嘎乡）||Celebrated by Long Ho Miao (长角苗), about 3,000 participants|
|Jump Flower Festival (跳花坡)||Mar. 12||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)||Feb. 14-16||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)||Mar. 30 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)||Apr. 11–13||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 3||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）||Jun. 19||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 12–14 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)||Jul. 29||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|
|Lusheng Festival (芦笙节)||Nov. 12–14, 2017||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)||Nov. 15–17, 2017||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）||Dec. 4, 2017||Singing,dancing and meeting||Kaili City and Leishan County (凯里市、雷山县)||About 50,000 participants|
|Song Festival (卯节)||Jul. 15 approx.||Dancing, singing and bull fighting||Jiuqian Town, Sandu County (三都县九阡)||
Celebrated by Shui minority (水族), about 5,000 participants