Huashan Festival of Miao Ethnic Minority in Lufeng County, Chuxiong

Chinese Name: 禄丰县苗族花山节
English Name: Huashan Festival of Miao Ethnic Minority in Lufeng County, Chuxiong
Location:Hongtushan Village of Qinfeng Town in Lufeng County/禄丰勤丰镇红土山村

The Flower Mountain Festival is a cherished tradition among the Miao ethnic group, celebrated by Miao communities in central Yunnan Province on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, which aligns with the Duanwu Festival. This festival boasts a profound historical legacy. Legend has it that during ancient times in China’s tribal era, conflicts among tribes led to the defeat of the Miao chieftain. Faced with adversity, the Miao people were forced to leave their homes and wander, becoming separated from their families. In a bid to reunite, they selected a lofty mountain where they erected a flower pole adorned with red silk atop its summit. Gathering around this pole, they played lusheng—a traditional wind instrument—and performed lusheng dances, expressing both sorrow and joy.

Word of the flower pole and the sound of the lusheng reached dispersed relatives, prompting them to spread the news far and wide. Soon, people from all directions flocked to the site, resulting in a joyous reunion of long-lost kin. Hence, every fifth day of the fifth lunar month, the Miao people erect a flower pole on an open highland, gathering to play lusheng and dance lusheng dances. This annual tradition has solidified into the Flower Mountain Festival of the Miao ethnic group.

The Flower Mountain Festival carries deep cultural significance, symbolizing themes of reunion, unity, and communal gatherings. It serves as a poignant celebration of familial reunions and mutual blessings, embodying the unity, harmony, and aspirations for a better life that resonate across generations of Miao people.

Hosted by: Cuihua Town, Lufeng County. Event Date: June 14, 2021. Event Theme: 2021 Flower Mountain Festival.

Bullfighting stands out as one of the liveliest activities during the Miao Flower Mountain Festival, attracting participants from diverse ethnic backgrounds who gather together to cheer and revel in the excitement.

The Miao Flower Mountain Festival in Lufeng County is an annual event held on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, coinciding with the Duanwu Festival. Festivities include bullfighting, flower pole worship, lusheng dancing, flower pole climbing, cockfighting, crossbow shooting, and more. In recent years, with its grand scale and vibrant atmosphere, the Flower Mountain Festival has emerged as a splendid emblem of ethnic cultural tourism in Lufeng County.