|The festivals of the Bulang|
in Lincang and Simao
in the south of Yunnan have received cultural influences from the Dai
and the Chinese. Those Bulang living in the Lincang and Simao regions
still retain most of their traditional culture, as their festivals demonstrate.
of the Stoves Festival
is celebrated twice a year. The first is on New Year's Eve, when every
family presents offerings of rice, meat and wine from their stoves. Afterwards
they pray for a prosperous new year to come. It is celebrated the second
time in February or March of the lunar calendar.
of the Mountains Festival
celebrated on the 5th and 6th of January according to the lunar calendar.
of the Land Festival
At the end
of January of the lunar calendar, this ceremony is carried out by each
family. Before it begins, a cap on a stake is driven into the ground,
signifying that nobody should enter the village since there are celebrations
and rituals taking place there.
of the Village Festival
in lunar January and June, this festival lasts for three days.
on the second day of lunar February.
contrast to the Chinese, the Bulang New Year is celebrated in the third
lunar month. It lasts for three days.
of Fire Festival
is celebrated in the third lunar month.
in July of the lunar calendar in most locations. However, in Mojiang it
is celebrated every three years on the horse day of the second lunar month.
It is one of their most important festivals. No outsiders are allowed
in and no other activities are permitted except those related to the festival.
A cow and two white cocks are offered to a chestnut tree that represents
the village god from whom they ask protection. For three days after this
festival no trees can be cut.
festivals of the Bulang of Xishuangbanna
Most of the Bulang in Xishuangbanna Prefecture are Buddhist. They have received tremendous influence from the Dai, but they nevertheless retain many vestiges of their ancient culture and tradition.
important festivals are:
Tanshela or Taluoluo Festival.
in the first month of the lunar year, this festival is held to honor the
deceased relatives. Each family collects banana skins, the monks write
the relatives' names on it in the Dai language. Meat is offered in four
places: on the relatives' graves, at the temple, at the village gate and
at the centre of the village.
Festivity in honor of the Bamboo Rat
January or June of the lunar calendar, with no fixed date.
festival, which clearly reflects the influence of the Dai, is held on
the 29th day of February according to the lunar calendar. It is a religious
holiday in honor of the ancestors and lasts for three days.
of Reading Scriptures
festival is held on the15th of August according to the Dai calendar (lunar
May). Starting early in the morning everyone goes to the temple bearing
of the Door Festival
/ 09 Dai calendar (mid lunar June)
of the Door Festival
held during the ninth lunar month, marks the end of the harvest. The doors
are then opened in order for the people to enjoy life. At this time the
young start their courtship season.
tenth lunar month, on a date fixed by the head of the village and the
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