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Liuyueliu Festival (June 6th Festival)

Liuyueliu Festival (June 6th Festival)

The New Year Festival of the Dong ethnic group is celebrated from the 1st day to the middle of the 11th lunar month. Dong people think that after the harvest in the autumn, it should be the New Year. As a result, they made the first day of the eleventh month of the lunar calendar as New Year’s Day. In preparation for this festival, people make pickles, frozen fish, glutinous rice cakes to present to relatives. Other preparations are made that are similar to that of the Han people whom prepare for the Spring Festival, like cleaning the house and dressing in new clothes.

During the New Year Festival of Dong in Sanjiang, Liping and Congjiang counties, the Dong hold commemorative activities to honor their "Grandmother.” A procession of young men and women carry hunting rifles to mimic going off to battle, in memory of Dong heroine, Xing Ni, who died for the Dong's freedom over 1,000 years ago. Known as "Sasui" (“grandmother” in Dong language), many villages have built temples in her honor.

There is also a feast held for young people at night. Young men bring out skewers of grilled pork (a symbol of union) and glutinous rice cakes to give as gifts to the women. They then escort the women home. Upon reaching the women's village, couples can be alone with one another at an appointed area near the girl's home. There, they often sing love songs to one another and share food.