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Bathing Festival

Bathing Festival

With a history of more than 700 hundred years, the Bathing Festival lasts for one week in the early part of the 7th month. Legend has it that pestilence was widespread, leading to great suffering. The Avalokitesvara, one of the Buddhist deities, signaled a dying woman to bathe in the Jiqu River when the lightest star appeared southeast. After she bathed in that river, she became a healthy young lady. After this event, people came from all over to bath in this river, after which they recovered miraculously from their illnesses. Ever since, at this time every year, people bathe themselves in rivers. This custom has been handed down from generation to generation and gradually developed into a festival. It is believed that river baths during this week will not only clean the body, but also wash away potential diseases.