Enchanted by Festivals - Yunnan festival trip

Ethnic groups: Lolo / Yi, Yao, Miao, Hani, Dai, Zhuang, Tibetan, Bai, Naxi, Lisu, Lahu, Wa, Jinpo, Jinuo, Dong, ...

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A typical aspect of Yunnan is that all the different minorities, with their distinct histories, all have their own very different traditions. One thing they all share in common is the love of getting together and celebrate. During any trip there is always a big chance of tumbling onto an unplanned wedding, funeral or other ceremony, and it will be one of the highlights of your trip with Zomya. Compared to the uncertainty of those unplanned experiences, we can also help plan your trip around a festival. This will give you a better opportunity to share in local celebrations. Festivities generally happen when there is less work on the farm, between seasons, and thus also depend on the local climate. For example some will have festivals to chase away demons, to pay respect to ancestors and local deities or to pray for a good harvest. During the year there are dozens of such festivals all around Yunnan and Guizhou. One of the more famous ones is the Water Splashing Festival celebrated by the Dai and other ethnic groups. A more obscure example is the worship-festival celebrated by a small subbranch of the Lolo people in remote villages of south Yunnan.

What Zomya can do for you is depending on which interests you have, which tribes you want to see and how far you want to travel. Some of our favorite festivals are: the buckwheat festival, coming of age celebrations, Hani - dragon banquet festival, Yi costume competition, Dai – water splashing, Miao Lusheng festival, Dong Singing Festival, Yi torch festival, Yao Panwang festivities, Jino Temoke, Tibetan and Mosuo Monastery Mask Dance, Bai Benzhu Worship, Wa Monihei Carnival


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