|Local residents perform dragon-dancing games at the 9th Shanglin Longevity Festival, held at the Ai'chang Village of Baiwei Township in Shanglin County, in southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on March 30, 2015. [Guangxi Women's Federation/Huang Zhenyi]|
The 9th Shanglin Longevity Festival, with an emphasis on local traditional culture, was held at the Ai'chang Village of Baiwei Township in Shanglin County, in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on March 30, 2015.
During the festival, thousands of local residents demonstrated their self-directed folk performances, including dancing, singing and even a pageant parade, all of which were closely connected with local ethnic culture and showcased the local residents' observance of traditional culture and firm will to contribute to the building of an environmentally friendly countryside.
The event was celebrated in memory of Wei Jue, who was an official of the Zhuang ethnic minority in the Tang Dynasty (618–907) and was known for protecting of the interests of the common people from the harm of local tyrants. In what has been a rich tradition, the local dwellers of today get together to convey their hopes and well wishes for longevity and a peaceful life.
(Provided by the Guangxi Women's Federation/Huang Zhenyi)
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