Sanyuesan, the third day of the third lunar month, is a festival for many ethnic groups in China. People celebrate the traditional festival by holding galas and temple fairs and going out for spring outings. Sanyuesan falls on April 18 this year.
1. Buyi and Zhuang ethnic groups (布依族歌仙节和壮族“歌圩节”)
People of Buyi ethnic group perform a dance to celebrate the Sanyuesan Festival in Wangmo county, Southwest China's Guizhou province.
The grandest traditional festival of the year for Buyis and Zhuangs is the "Third Day of Third Month," when the groups hold various activities such as colorful rice dyeing, cloth weaving, antiphonal singing, water splashing, bamboo raft racing, God worship, water worship, bamboo pole dancing, bonfire evening galas and folk performances, as well as large-scale performances.
five-colored sticky rice
throw embroidered balls
People perform a bamboo dance to celebrate the Sanyuesan Festival in Huangyao town in Hezhou, South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.
The singing festival is a traditional occasion which was held to visit graves of the ancestors before 1940. Now it has become a grand occasion using songs to express their emotions. On that day, after offering sacrifices to Sanjie Liu (a Zhuang minority girl good at singing), they will sing to challenge each other not only in song but also wit. Lyrics are usually improvisational and humorous and make everyone burst into laughter.
It is also a perfect day for young men to express their love to their girlfriends through singing, so it is reputed as the Valentine's Day of the Zhuang ethnic minority.