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Xiushan Festive Lantern

Xiushan festive lantern

Xiushan Festive Lantern, is popular among the Tujia people in Xiushan County which is a small town located in the southeast of Chongqing. The art originates from the Tang and Song dynasty, Yuan and Ming dynasty, flourished in the Qing dynasty, developed in the Republic of China and reached its peak after the founding of the People's Republic of China. The Xiushan Festive Lantern, is a type of performance integrating art forms of song, dance, opera and folk music instrumental performances.

There are many types of performances including single lantern performed by two people, double lantern performed by four people, and group lantern performed by several people. The lyrics of the festive lantern performance generally have tones (zheng diao and za diao) and percussions. During the Spring Festival, from the 2nd day to the 15th day of the first lunar month on the Chinese calendar, the Tujia people in Xiushan County go in groups from house to house and village to village, carrying lanterns and beating drums, wishing everyone luck in the New Year.

The xiushang festival lantern has become a popular performance that combines dance, opera and mime with regional, cultural influences.

The Xiushan Festive Lantern has a practical and academic value to enrich local people’s lives, and promoting the research of folk music, dance art and history of the Tujia people.