Nu Festivals

The traditional Nu festivals include the New Year Festival, the Fairy Festival, Ruwei Festival, and the Festival of Mountains .

The Fairy Festival, also called the Flower Festival, is a traditional festival celebrated by the Nu people who live in the Gongshan County in Yunnan Province. The festival lasts for three days. The legend goes that the Nu River often flooded in ancient times. A Nu girl named A-Rong, inspired by the web of a spider, created a kind of rope-bridge, by which the people could conveniently cross the river. Coveting the beauty of A-Rong, the chief of the Hou tribe tried to force her to marry him. A-Rong wouldn't agree, so she escaped into the mountains and eventually turned into a stone statue in a cave. To honor her, the Nu people celebrate Fairy Festival on March 15th every year.

A Nu girl with flowers on her head on the Flower Festival. (Photo from news.yntv.cn)

Nu people place bunches of azaleas and flowers at Fairy People Cave to honor A-Rong on the Flower Festival. (Photo from nujiang.cn)

When the festival comes, people will pick bunches of azaleas and place them at a cave called Fairy People Cave. After the memorial ceremony, they drink together at home. The Nu people, young and old alike, dress up in their best traditional costumes, hold fresh flowers, and gather together in the open air, singing, dancing, and telling stories. There are also ball matches (a kind of football match), crossbow competitions, etc.

Nu people hold the crossbow competition on the Flower Festival. (Photo from nujiang.cn)

A Nu woman weaves Nu blanket on the Flower Festival. (Photo from nujiang.cn)

The Spring Festival lasts about 15 days from the end of lunar December to the beginning of lunar January. It is often celebrated by the Nu living in Yunnan Province. Before the festival, households in every village are busy butchering pigs, making soft-rice dumplings, brewing wine and cleaning their courtyards. On New Year's Eve, before eating, they put corn and dishes of food on a three-legged barbecue. On top of the three legs, three cups are put and also three pieces of meat, then the family members, either young or old, pray for a good harvest and strong livestock for the upcoming New Year.



All the photos are from the web and the copyright retains with the original author. If there is any problem, please contact us.
You Might Also Like
Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected AreasThree Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected AreasSituated in the mountainous north-west of Yunnan province in China, the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas is a natural serial property consisting of 15 protected areas, grouped into eight clusters...
Staple Food of Nu PeopleStaple Food of Nu PeopleThe staple food of the Nus is maize and buckwheat. They also eat rice, barley grain, wheat and millet. In the past, they rarely grew vegetables and gathered wild plants, especially when others sources are low. Both men and...
History and Origines of Nu EthnicHistory and Origines of Nu EthnicIn the eighth century, the area inhabited by the Nus came under the jurisdiction of the Nanzhao and Dali principalities, which were tributary to the Tang (618-907) court. During the Yuan and Ming dynasties it came...
The postcard-like beauty of Yunnan’s Shangri-La ⅡThe postcard-like beauty of Yunnan’s Shangri-La ⅡDue to seasonal water fluctuations few permanent structures rose near the shores but villages, seemingly of log cabins, could be seen clinging to lower slopes of surrounding hills, the calm waters reflecting the scene...

Comments

   
Post
more>>