People of Miao Ethnic Group Perform Fire Dragon Dance to Celebrate the Lantern Festival

March 6, 2018
By Zhang PingEditor: Yang Peng
People of the Miao ethnic group perform fire dragon dance [Women of China/Zhang Ping]

 

People of the Miao ethnic group performed a fire dragon dance to celebrate the Lantern Festival in Taijiang County, Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Guizhou Province, on March 2, 2018.

The fire dragon dance, a festival activity popular in minority areas of Guizhou, as well as southwest China's Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, is mostly performed on the day of the Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month.

 

People of the Miao ethnic group perform fire dragon dance [Women of China/Zhang Ping]

 

Different from the dragon dance, the fire dragon dance features fire dragons dancing under a shower of firework sparks.

The dramatic show is usually staged amid fireworks and music from the time when darkness falls to 3:00 am the next day.

The fire dragon dance is a time-honored tradition and legend has it that it can bring good luck and good crop weather.

 

People of the Miao ethnic group perform fire dragon dance [Women of China/Zhang Ping]

 

By tradition, performers must be brave young men, and people relate their courage to the completeness of the dragon after the performance. Therefore, the fire dragon dance is also known as "a game among the brave".

Besides being performed to celebrate the Lantern Festival, the fire dragon dance is also an occasion for people of the Miao ethic group to challenge themselves and cultivate a spirit of conquering fear.

 

People of the Miao ethnic group perform fire dragon dance [Women of China/Zhang Ping]
People of the Miao ethnic group perform fire dragon dance [Women of China/Zhang Ping]
People of the Miao ethnic group perform fire dragon dance [Women of China/Zhang Ping]
People of the Miao ethnic group perform fire dragon dance [Women of China/Zhang Ping]
People of the Miao ethnic group perform fire dragon dance [Women of China/Zhang Ping]
People of the Miao ethnic group perform fire dragon dance [Women of China/Zhang Ping]
People of the Miao ethnic group perform fire dragon dance [Women of China/Zhang Ping]
People of the Miao ethnic group perform fire dragon dance [Women of China/Zhang Ping]
People of the Miao ethnic group perform fire dragon dance [Women of China/Zhang Ping]

 

(Source: Women of China)

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