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Infotainment July 11, 2024

Torch Festival: Yi Ethnic Group Celebration for a Bountiful Harvest

Every culture has its own special traditions that are passed down through generations. One such tradition is the Torch Festival of the Yi ethnic group in Yunnan Province, China. This festival is a time when the Yi people come together to celebrate their heritage and ask for a good harvest.

In Yunnan’s Chuxiong Yi Ethnic Autonomous Prefecture, the Torch Festival is a big deal. It happens every year in the sixth month of the Chinese calendar. It’s also called the Fire Festival because fire plays a central role in the celebrations.

For the Yi people, fire is important because they believe it brings light and protects their crops from pests. During the festival, people carry torches in a parade to chase away bad luck and pray for a successful harvest. They sing, dance, and play traditional music around the fire, creating a lively atmosphere that’s full of color and energy.

The Torch Festival isn’t just about having fun—it’s also about bringing different ethnic groups together and promoting peace. It’s a time when everyone can appreciate the Yi culture through their traditional clothes, dances, and music.

This festival isn’t just a party; it’s a way for the Yi to honor their ancestors and show their respect for nature. It’s a reminder of how closely their lives are connected to the land and the seasons.

The Torch Festival of the Yi is more than just a tradition—it’s a celebration of community, culture, and the hope for a prosperous future.

Last June, MIRadio was beign invited to join the short video creation camp (season 3) i.e, “Hi, China-Yunnan” tour during the 5th Lancang-Mekong Audiovisual Week in Yunnan. Let’s see what the interesting experience we got during the trip via our facekbook page , Youtube and Tiktok channel.



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