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Guizhou Ethnic Festivals

Guizhou province is known for its rich cultural heritage and diverse ethnic minority groups. The province is home to many unique festivals and celebrations that offer a glimpse into the traditions and customs of the local communities. From the Miao Sisters’ Meal Festival to the Dong New Year, there’s no shortage of exciting events to experience in Guizhou. In this article, we’ll explore some of the most popular ethnic festivals in Guizhou and what makes them so special.


Miao Sisters’ Meal Festival (May 4-6, 2023)

The Miao Sisters’ Meal Festival is one of the most famous festivals in Guizhou and takes place in mid-April every year. The festival is an opportunity for young Miao people to dress in traditional costumes and offers colorful glutinous rice dishes to potential partners. The festival is also a celebration of the Miao people’s harvest and a time to pray for good fortune and prosperity.

Guizhou Miao Sisters Meal Festival
Miao Sisters Meal Festival

Miao Dragon Boat Festival (July 12, 2023)

The Miao Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional event that is annually celebrated by the Miao community in the southeastern region of Guizhou, China. This festival typically takes place on the 25th day of the fifth lunar month, following the Dragon Boat Festival. During the festival, the local Miao people engage in canoe dragon boat racing, which is believed to bring good fortune. This event is a significant occasion for the Miao community to honor their ancestors, celebrate their harvest, and express their love and friendship. The Miao Dragon Boat Festival attracts a large number of participants and spectators every year, making it one of the most significant cultural events in the region.


Miao New Year Festival in Leishan (Nov. 17, 2023)

The Miao New Year Festival in Leishan is a unique event that takes place in November (the date varies each year). The festival is celebrated by the Miao people in Leishan and is marked by bullfights, singing, and dancing. The festival is a time for the community to come together and celebrate their cultural heritage.

Miao New Year Festival in Leishan
Miao New Year Festival in Leishan

Miao Lusheng Festival (March 11-15, 2023)

The Miao Lusheng Festival is another popular festival in Guizhou that takes place in November (the date varies each year). The festival is a celebration of the harvest and a time to pray for good fortune. During the festival, Miao people play lusheng (a traditional reed-pipe wind instrument), dance, and sing.


Dong New Year October – November (vary in different regions)

The Dong New Year is a festival that takes place in December (the date varies each year) and is celebrated by the Dong people in Guizhou. The festival is marked by preparing special dishes, performing folk songs and dances, and playing traditional instruments. It’s a time for the community to come together and celebrate their cultural heritage.


Torch Festival (Aug. 23 every year)

The Torch Festival is a traditional festival that takes place on August 23 each year. The festival is celebrated throughout China, but it’s especially popular in Guizhou. During the festival, people light torches and fireworks to drive away evil spirits and pray for good health and fortune.

Guizhou Torch Festival
Torch Festival

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