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Yunnan's Minority Festivals

Yunnan is famous for its richness in ethnic cultures and nearly every ethnic minority group in Yunnan celebrates its own unique festivals. Some events are famous all over the country and even abroad, others are still insiders' tips. But all are good reasons to visit Yunnan! 

 

 

Below we listed an extensive overview of the famous as well as less popular celebrations of Yunnan's minority groups.

Ethnic Group Festival Name Events & Activities Lunar Calendar / Gregorian Calendar
A’chang Street Meeting Elephant-feet drum dancing; Worship the White Elephant mid of 9. month / usually around mid October
阿昌族会街
Bai Bai People’s Patron Gathering God Worshiping; Singing & dancing; Dongjing Music Varies from each Bai Ethnic village / usually around beginning of February
白族本主会
Qing Guniang Festival Singing & Dancing 15. day of 1. month / usually around end of February
青姑娘节
Dali March Street Festival Goods exchanging; Horse racing; Singing & Dancing 15.-21. day of 3. month / usually around end of April
大理三月街
Bai People's Pear-Flower Festival Picnic in the pear gardens 3. month / usually around April
白族梨花会
Three Temples Festival God Worshiping; Transplant rice seedlings 23.-25. day of 4. month / usually around end of May
白族绕三灵
Rice-Transplanting Meet God Worshiping; transplant rice seedlings; Singing Seasonal Grain in Beard / usually around beginning of June
白族栽秧会
Torch Festival Burning Torches; Lighting fires; Dragon boat racing; Singing 25. day of 6. month / usually around  end of July
白族火把节
Shibaoshan Singing Festival Temple Fair; Singing 27.-29. day of 7. month / usually around end of August
白族石宝山歌会
Bulang Gangyong Festival Sacrificing; Singing & dancing 3. or 8. month / usually around April or September
布朗族冈永节
Buyi Flower Dance Meeting Tree Leaf Music; Playing the zither 1.-21. day of 1. month / usually during February
布依族跳花会
Moon Jumping Festival Goods Exchanging; Singing and dancing 13.-15. day of 2. month / usually around end of March
布依族跳月
San Yue San Goods Exchanging; Singing and dancing 3. day of 3. month / usually around early April
布依族三月三
Liu Yue Liu Goods Exchanging; Singing and dancing 6. day of 6. month / usually around early July
布依族“六月六”
Dai Dragon God Offering Festival God Worshiping; Singing & dancing Before the Spring Festival / usually around January
傣族送龙节
Water-Splashing Festival Dragon boat racing; Water-splashing; Singing & dancing mid of 4. month / usually around mid May
傣族泼水节
Fasting (Guanmen) Festival Buddhism temples visiting; Singing & dancing middle of 6. month / usually around mid July
傣族关门节
Kaimen Festival Friends visiting; Singing & dancing; Playing Gaosheng (高升) mid of 9. month / usually around mid October
傣族开门节
De’ang Water-Splashing Festival Water splashing; Singing & dancing early 3. month / usually around mid April
德昂族泼水节
Dulong Kaquewa Festival Sacrificing; Singing & dancing; Ox butchering 12. month or 1. month  / usually around January or February
独龙族卡雀哇(年节)
Hani Dragon Sacrifice Festival Playing instruments: Mangluo, Ox-Skin Drum, Wuba, Tetrachord 2. day of 2. month / usually around mid March
哈尼族祭龙日/新米节
Girls’ Festival Swinging; Singing & dancing 4. day of 2. month / usually around mid March
哈尼族姑娘节
A’matu Festival God Worshiping; Singing & dancing; Street Banquet 2. month / usually around March
哈尼族阿玛突
Limazhu Festival Wrestling; Singing & dancing 3. month / usually around April
哈尼族“里玛主”节
Miaoaina Festival Bonfire Party; Singing & dancing early 5. month / usually around early June
哈尼族苗爱拿节
Grasshopper Catching Festival Grasshopper Catching & Grasshopper Feasting 24. day of 6. month / usually around end of July
哈尼族捉蚂蚱节
Kuzhazha Festival Wrestling; Swinging; Singing & dancing 24. day of 6. month / usually around end of July
“苦扎扎”(六月年节)
Misuozha Festival Swinging; Singing & dancing 11. month / usually around early December
哈尼族米索扎节
Hui Lesser Bairam / Eid al-Fitr Worshipping; Praying; Singing & dancing after the feasting month of Ramadan
回族开斋节
Gu’erbang Festival Worshipping; Animal sacrifice early 8. month / usually around early September
回族古尔帮节
Jingpo Munao Zongge Sacrificing; Singing & dancing mid of 1. month / usually around end of February
景颇族目脑纵歌
Jinuo Te Mao Ke Festival Singing & dancing; Family visits end of 12. month, beginning of 1. month / usually beginning, mid February
基诺族特懋克节
Lahu Kuzha Festival (New Year Festival) Singing; Elephant-feet drum dancing 1. & 15. day of 1. month / usually around February
拉祜族库扎节(年节)
God of Sun Sacrificing Festival Sacrificing; Singing & dancing Beginning of Summer / usually around early May
拉祜祭太阳神
Gourd Festival Bonfire Party; Singing & dancing 10. day of 10. month / usually around mid November
拉祜族葫芦节
Lisu Bathing Pool Celebration Bathing in pools; Singing competition 2. day of 1. month /  usually around mid February
傈僳族澡堂会
Kuoshi Festival Reunion Dinner; Crossbow competition 1-15. day of 1. month / usually around early February
傈僳族“盍什”节
Knife-Pole Climbing Festival Knife-Pole Climbing; Coals of Fire Jumping; Sing and Dance 8. day of 2. month / usually around mid March
傈僳族刀杆节
Man Banjin Festival Ancestor worshiping; Singing & dancing 13. day of 10. month / usually around mid November
满族颁金节
Miao Flower Mountain Festival Hu Sheng Dancing; Singing & Dancing; Flower Pole Climbing 2.-7. day of 1. month / usually around mid February
苗族花山节
Mongolian Luban Festival Sacrificing; Singing & Dancing 2. day of 4. month / usually around  early May
蒙古族鲁班节
Naxi Dragon Sacrifice Festival Goods exchanging; Performances 15. day of 1. month / usually around end of February
纳西族祭龙节
Heaven Worshiping Festival Heaven Worshiping 1. month / 7. month
纳西族祭天
Mila or Bangbang Festival Picnic; Horse racing; Singing and dancing; Farming tools trading 8. day of 2. month / usually around mid March
纳西族米拉会/棒棒会
Naxi Mule Assembly Goods exchanging; Performances 3. month and 7. month / usually around April and August
纳西族骡马大会
Sanduo Festival Bullfighting; Singing; Worshiping 25. day of 6. month / usually around  end of July
纳西族三多节
Qiyue Festival Goods exchanging; Performance mid of 7. month / usually around mid August
纳西族七月会
Nu Nu People’s New Year Festival Ancestor Worshiping; Earth Sacrificing; Singing & dancing 1. month / usually around February
怒族年节
Flower Festival Singing & Dancing; Flowers Picking 15. day of 3. month / usually around end of April
怒族鲜花节
Pumi New Year Festival Swing; Singing & dancing; Horse-racing 6. day of 12. month / usually around early January
普米族“大年”节
Mountain Circumnavigation Mountain Cycling; Singing & dancing 5. day of 5. month / usually around mid June
普米族转山会
Shui Shui People’s Festival Similar to the Spring Festival 8. - 10. month / usually around September-November
水族节日
Tibetan Tibetan New Year Festival Picnic; Horse-racing early 1. month / usually around early February
藏族草地藏民节/藏历年
Tibetan Puja Dance Festival Sacrificing; Singing & dancing early 1. month / usually around early February
藏族跳神法会
Tibetan Horse Race Horse-racing 5. day of 5. month / usually around early June
藏族赛马会
Flower Meeting Singing 14. day of 6. month / usually around mid July
藏族“花儿”会
Wa Wooden Drum Playing Festival Sacrificing; Singing & dancing 11. month / usually around December
佤族拉木鼓节
Yao Girls’ Street Festival Goods exchanging; Singing and dancing early 1. month / usually around early February
瑶族姑娘街
Bird Chasing Festival Singing 1. day of 2. month / usually around early March
瑶族“赶鸟”节
Ganba Festival Bronze drum dance 3. day of 3. month / usually around early April
瑶族“干巴”节
Xijiu Festival Singing and dancing 29. day of 5. month / usually around early July
瑶族“夕九节”
Danu Festival Singing and dancing; Martial Art 29. day of 5. month / usually around early July
瑶族“达努”节
Panwang Festival Sacrificing; Singing & dancing 29. day of 5. month / usually around early July
瑶族盘王节
Guests Meat Treating Festival Memorial of ancestors 29. day of 5. month / usually around early July
瑶族掌肉待客节
Daogao Festival Bull fighting 16. day of 10. month / usually around mid November
瑶族倒稿节
Getang Festival Dating; Mate-matching & singing 16. day of 10. month / usually around mid November
瑶族“歌堂”节
Yi Tiger Festival Hu Sheng Dancing; Tiger Dance 8-15. day of 1. month / usually around mid of February
彝族虎节
Flower Planting Festival Flower Planting; Singing 8. day of 2. month / usually around mid of March
插花节
Mouding March Festival Goods exchanging; Folk songs & dancing 27-29. day of 3. month / usually  around end of April, beginning of May
牟定“三月会”
Costume Competition Festival Singing & Dancing; Grand Yi Ethnic Costumes 28. day of 3. month / usually  around end of April, beginning of May
彝族赛衣节
Torch Festival Burning torches; Lighting fires; Wrestling; Bullfighting; Singing & Dancing 24. day of 6. month / ususally around end of July
火把节
Mizhi Festival God Worshiping during the 11. month / usually around end of November, beginning of December
彝族密枝节
Zhuang Longduan Festival Opera; Circus; Singing and dancing 25.-27. day of 3. month / usually around early May
壮族陇端节
Liulang Festival Similar to the Spring Festival 1. day of 6. month or 1. day of 7 month / usually around early July or August
壮族六郎节

 

 

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