New-Rice-Tasting Festival is the grand occasion for the Miao to taste newly ripe rice and celebrate the coming harvest. This festival is also celebrated among other ethnic tribes in China.
On this day, as soon as everyone in the village gather around, the village chief walks to the rice field, cuts three leaves of rice and passes the to the shaman for sacrificial ritual. This is a belief in ancestor worship as well as a way to show appreciation to the power of the land. Each family will enjoy a nice meal of new rice with fish and meat. The villagers will hold varieties of activities, such as bullfighting, bird fighting, Lusheng dance and singing.
Girls pour wine for guests celebrating the New Rice Tasting Festival in a village of Miao ethnic group in Duyu City of southwest China’s Guizhou Province.
Villagers of the Miao ethnic group watch bullfight at the New Rick Tasting Festiva in a village in Duyu City of southwest China’s Guizhou Province..
Villagers of the Miao ethnic group used to offer sacrifice to their ancestors, and taste new rice with local Lusheng dance and folk songs at the festival.
Women of the Miao ethnic group pound glutinous rice for cooking to celebrate the festival in a village of the MIao ethnic group in Duyu City of southwest China’s Guizhou Province.
by Xiao Xiao @ InteractChina.com
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