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The Beginning of Summer Festival

The Beginning of Summer Festival is a traditional folk festival of the Han people in Chengjiang county, Yunnan province. It is held on the Summer Begins day every year and lasts for three days in Xilongtan, 4 kilometers away from the county center. Xilongtan is also called as "Xipu Longquan", therefore it is also called "Xipu Festival".


In the past, on the day of the beginning of summer, a senior citizen with high prestige in the Chengjiang dam would select a vigorous young man who holds a bronze medal carved with "Good weather and good harvest," to dive into the cave of the lake to put the metal up, after that the local opera would be performed for three days and three nights in a row. At that time, tens of thousands of people from various ethnic groups in Chengjiang, Chenggong, Jinning, Kunming and other places will be invited to get together. In the foothills near Xilongtan, temporary booths will be set up to sell local products, food and tea. It is very busy.


The Beginning of Summer Festival continued to be held for a few years after the founding of the People's Republic of China, and then it was interrupted for several decades till restored in 1989. In order not to miss the right timing in the farming season, the festival time has been postponed for 5 days after the beginning of summer. The cultural department of the government participates in organizing festival activities. Apart from singing Dian operas and lantern opera, there are performances of various cultural activities such as dragon playing, lion dancing, donkey running, and ethnic songs and dances.


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