Chinese Traditional Festivals
Chinese traditional festivals, with their various forms and rich contents, is an important part of the long history and culture of the Chinese nation. The formation of traditional festivals is a process of long-term accumulation of history and culture of a nation or a country. The ancient traditional festivals of the Chinese nation cover the natural and cultural contents such as primitive beliefs, sacrificial culture, astronomy and calendar, etc., and contain profound and rich connotations.
Chinese traditional festivals are mainly the Spring Festival (the first day of the first lunar month), the Lantern Festival (the 15th of the first lunar month), the Qingming festival (Tomb-sweeping Day, usually around April.5th), the Dragon Boat Festival (the fifth day of the fifth lunar month), Chinese Valentine's Day (lunar July 7th), the Mid-Autumn Festival(lunar August 15th), the Double Ninth Festival (September 9th on lunar calendar), the Winter Solstice Day(Gregorian calendar on December 21st ~ 23rd), Chinese New Year's Eve(the last day at the end of the year).
In addition, some of the 24 solar terms are both natural and traditional festivals, such as Qingming Festival and Winter Solstice. These festivals have both natural and cultural connotations. They are both natural solar terms and traditional festivals. In addition, all ethnic minorities in China have their own traditional festivals, such as the Dai Water-Sprinkling Festival, the Mongolian Nadam Festival, the Yi Torch Festival, the Yao Danu Festival, the Bai March Street, the Zhuang Singing Festival, the Tibetan's New Year and Shoton Festival, and the Miao Sister Meal Festival.
Blang, also spelled Bulong, is a Chinese ethnic group which lived in the Lancang river valley during ancient times. It is believed that these people were one branch of a number of peoples that were collectively known to the ancient Chinese as the “Baipu”, literally the "Hundred Pu".
Traditionally, Blang people considered teeth blackened by chewing betel nuts a beauty characteristic. The people of this minority are mostly animists, in addition to ancestor worship. They also combine their native beliefs with Theravada Buddhism.