Festivals in Jiuzhai Valley, Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan Province, Aba, China

Festivals in Jiuzhai Valley
Jiuzhaigou Festivals

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          The biggest festival in Jiuzhai Valley ( jiuzhaigou ) is the Lunar New Year called " Losar" in the Tibetan .Family members who have been living away come home and lots of food is prepared and ready to be served whenever visitors come. One of the most visible signs of the New Year festivals in the dragon and more traditional flion dances that can be seen along the streets. Each village will make a lion or dragon and visit each home in their own village before visiting other villages to wish good luck for the new year. 

        In Zechawa and Shuzheng Villages, the local vilagers still pratice an ancient new year ritual where they invite the mountain God to inform them of the fortunes of the village as well as each individual villager for the coming year. This festival is called Tumoni in local Tibetan and involves two female villagers taking hold of a Y-shaped stick and swinging it back and forth towards the sacred mountain until the mountain God how their luck will be for the coming year. If the stick points towards the sacred mountain in the East it will be good but if it points towards the West it will be bad. At least one member from each family, usually yonger adults, will attend teh ceremony and will be required to give a full report of the mountain God's predictions to their family afterwards. There are also various festivals celebrated in the local monasteries each year        

  

 

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Dancing and singing by the most colorful lake is the picture of paradise. Great enjoyment.

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