Ethnic festival celebrated at Yunnan Nationalities Village

The news was updated on July 9, 2019.

Tourists try to catch roosters in the Yunnan Nationalities Village on July 7

When a flock of roosters showed up on the lawn of Yunnan Nationalities Village in Kunming on July 7, crowds of tourists forgot about everything else and joined the rooster catching competition. They had awaited there for quite awhile.

This is part of the celebration of Kuzhazha Festival, the most important moment of a year for the Hani minority.

The Kuzhazha Festival, also known as the “Minor New Year,” contains traditional rituals to express gratitude to Apimei, a god for the Hani people, and solicit his protection and blessing for the upcoming year.  

The whole festival has a span for days.

A tourist holds rooster with her hands

“I finally caught one,” said Mrs. Chen, a tourist from Sichuan province, with a rooster in her arms. “How exciting the experience is!”

“Since I arrived in Kunming yesterday with my friend, we have found many interesting things, and hopefully this trip will bring us more surprises,” added she.

Two ethnic young men carry rice seedlings with bamboo baskets

A variety of activities were synchronized in the village, including singing, dancing, trapeze competitions and an ethnic teeterboard game named Moqiu.

The trapeze competition

Moqiu, a teeterboard game of the Hani minority

Tourists try bamboo pole dance

“I’ve never tried this dance before, but it is very fun to take part in it,” said a tourist from Xi’an. “I enjoy the festive atmosphere here very much.”

Women transplant rice seedlings

In the village, tourists could have a taste of local delicacies, watch ethnic shows, and even celebrate the festival together with the Hani people around bonfires at night.

An ethic performer dances with a tambourine

Source from Yunnan Gateway.