Jinghong Festivals and Events

Jinghong is a place where multi-ethnic groups inhabit. The main minorities are Dai, Yao, Hui, Yi, Miao, Zhuang. Different nationalities create different culture. Therefore, there are diverse festivals in Jinghong

Festivals in Jinghong 

1.The Water Splashing Festival(Dai Ethnic Minority)

In Jinghong, the Water Sprinkle Festival, is an important festivity. This is the day when the Dai-minority celebrate New Year. It is the Dai people's ritual of bestowing blessings on others. The more water is splashed, the greater the blessings and happiness for the one getting wet. It takes place somewhere between April 12 and (according Gregorian calendar from April 13 in Xishungbanna in 2017). 

2. Closing-door Festival & Opening-door Festival(Dai Ethnic Minority)

This is more a fast than a festival, since activities of festival are closely related to Buddhism and daily life. There will be Theravada Buddhism ceremonies at quite frequent intervals in the village, normally every 7 days.

3. “Gatangpa” Festival of Hani Ethnic Minority

“Gatangpa” Festival is held during lunar January 1st to January 4th.  It’s a festival of Hani who commemorate the festival by making tsampas, holding memorial ceremony for God and preparing a feast. The youth of Dai make an appointment to pick wild fruits and flowers, and All people will whip the spinning tops. 

4. The Spring Festival of Lahu Ethnic Minority

Lahu Festival is obviously a significant day for Lahu people. The time of the festival is the same as Sping Festival. The period from January 1st to January 3rd is “women” day. During the time, men will take over the chores including Entertaining Guests. The period from January 14th  to January 16th is a big day for men of Lahu. Men may go hunting and drink wine. The main activity is to dance Lusheng.

5. Temaoke Festival of Jinuo Ethnic Minority

Temaoke Festival (literally "Iron-Forging Festival"), corresponding to New Year's Day in Western culture, is the most important festival for Jino and is held over a three-day period, January 6th to 8th of the Gregorian (Western) calendar. 

6. Baishijia Festival of Yi Ethnic Minority

A festival of the local Yi people in honour of a local hero, celebrated with dance and performances. While the name of the festival could be translated as 'One hundred excellent poems', in fact it is a transliteration of the Yi word for 'hero'.

Activities in Jinghong 

Activity Location  Theme
Water Splashing Festival Jinghong Water splashing, flower floats parade
Ganbai Festival Manting Park, Gaozhuang Xishuangjing, Gasa Town and other designated village sites. Festival fair
Kaimen (Opening Door ) Festival Dai villages Dai temple fair
Guanmen (Closing Door) Festival  Dai villages Dai religion activity
Ganlanba Morning Market Ganlanba Town Rural product market
Xishuangbanna Border Trade and Tourism Fair International Exhibition Center in Jinghong City Border Trade and Tourism

Folk Art Performance

  • Mengbala Naxi Culture Show 勐巴拉纳西歌舞秀
    Add: No.6, Galan Middle Road, Jinghong City 景洪市嘎兰中路6号(金地大酒店对面)
    Tel: 0691-2120100, 0691-2121133
    Open Hour:18:00~21:40
  • Dai Show 《傣秀》
    Add: Dai Show Theater, No.2,  Wanda Plaza Road 万达广场路2号傣秀剧院
    Open Hour: 19:00-22:00
  • Shemale Show 红艺人表演
    Add: Mengle Theater, Thai Street, Jinghong City 景洪市泰国街勐泐大剧场
    Open Hour:19:30-21:30
  • Night of Lancang-Meigong River — Bonfire Party 澜沧江湄公河之夜-篝火晚会
    Add: Manting Park, Jinghong City 景洪市曼听公园
    Open Hour:18:50-21:40
  • Duo Ge Shui Party《多歌水》晚会
    Add: Mannongfeng Development Zone, Mengle Avenue 勐泐大道曼弄枫开发区
    Open Hour:18:50-21:40

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