2016 Guangyuan Daughters' Festival Wraps Up in Sichuan Province

September 9, 2016
Editor: Yang Yang
The 2016 Guangyuan Daughters' Festival recently came to an end in the city of southwest China's Sichuan Province. [gynej.gov.cn]

 

The 2016 Guangyuan Daughters' Festival recently came to an end in the city of southwest China's Sichuan Province.

Organizers prepared for many special activities during the festival. A high-level women's summit and an award ceremony for the "Most Beautiful Family" and the "Most Beautiful Woman" were carried out, coupled with a series of concerts and performances. 

Meanwhile, women were entitled to free tours of the scenic spots in Guangyuan during the festival. Moreover, a dramatic "phoenix" boat race was also arranged to promote traditional Chinese culture. 

Feminine charms, future development of the Daughters' Festival, as well as how to introduce Chinese culture to the world were discussed at the women's summit, which was held on September 1. 

Aside from local citizens, there were more than 300 female officials from women's federations at all levels across the country, experts in the field of women's studies and relevant professionals who attended the event. 

It is said that the festival originated from China's only female sovereign Empress Wu Zetian (624-705). Legend has it that the monarch was miraculously conceived after her mother encountered a black dragon when sightseeing along a river. The empress was born on January 23 in the lunar calendar and since then, it has become a custom for local women to stroll along rivers for good luck on that day. 

In 1988, the local government named the occasion Daughters' Festival and decided to mark it on September 1 each year. 

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Gender Study Network)

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