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Shangsi Festival

2014-04-01 11:12:20



College students in Han costumes celebrate Shangsi Festival in Southeast University in Nanjing, capital of southeast China's Jiangsu province, March 30, 2014. [ Bo]

It's a traditional Han festival, as well as many of the minority nationalities in China. People once held various celebrations across the nation.

During the festival, Han people would go for an outing, and enjoy flowers in the field and date their lovers. It is also a day used for invoking cleansing rituals to prevent disease and getting rid of bad luck.

To the Zhuang ethnic group in Southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, March 3 is a festival for young people to sing songs and find their true love. Since 1983, singing festivals have been held annually on this day throughout Guangxi.

There is a folk tale about singing traditions in ancient China where a renowned singer’s daughter selected her husband by holding a singing competition and successfully found her true love. Since then, hunting for lovers by singing has become a tradition.

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