Water Splashing Festival

Last updated by Melinda at 2014/4/20

Water Splashing Festival is the New Year in Dai Calendar. It is called "Shanghan"or "Jingbimai" (the new year), as well as "Hounan" (Water Splashing Festival) in Dai Language. Water Splashing Festival is not only the first Buddhist festival at the beginning of a new year but also the most important festival of the Dai Nationality, De-ang Nationality and A-chang Nationality.

Water Splashing Festival usually lasts for three days. In the first two days, they hold dragon-boat competitions to say farewell to the old year; on the last day, they carry out the "lucky" activities welcoming the New Year. All people in a village will take a bath and change into new clothes and go to worship Buddha in the first morning of the Water Splashing Festival. People assemble in the Buddhist temple, building a tower with sand. Then all people sit around the tower and listen to the chanting of Buddhist scripture. Then again a Buddhist statue will be carried out into the yard and splashed by all women in the village, which is so-called bathing for the Buddha. After such religious rite, all young people will go out of the temple and splash water on each other for pleasure. All pass-bys are involved in water splashing and congratulations are expressed onto each other. Spray flies everywhere, and everyone is shouting for fun. The water brings good luck and happy cheers to all the villages around.

Related Topics:

There are 1 comments on this topic

posted by "24.164.130.*" at 10/28/2013 6:13:00 AM

what foods are eaten?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!!?


Post your comment on this topic

You can post as a guest, yet we suggest sign up first!!



Most Recommended Topics

Chinese Food

Chinese Food

The preparation of food was traditionally manag…>> details

Chinese Kung Fu

Chinese Kung Fu

Kung Fu (an Anglicization of >gongfu> [功夫]), me…>> details

Chinese Taiji Quan

Chinese Taiji Quan

Overview Millions of people practice Taiji …>> details

Shaolin Kung Fu

Shaolin Kung Fu

China is a country of much greatness. It is a l…>> details

China National Day

China National Day

October 1st is Chinese National Day. National D…>> details

Recommended Tours

Yabuli Skiing Tour

4-Days Yabuli Skiing Tour

Visit Harbin, Yabuli

from USD $ 539

Xi'an Quick and Easy Tour

2-Days Xi'an Quick and Easy Tour

Visit Xian

from USD $ 209

Shanghai Highlights from Beijing

2-Days Shanghai Highlights from Beijing

Visit Beijing, Shanghai

from USD $ 279

Interesting to Know

Why Group Travel? China Tours for Mother's Day Tailor-making China Tours

Travel Confidently with Us


10,000 Satisfied Customers


50 Years in China Travel Industry


Quick Response within 24 hours


Secured Online Payment


Group Tours with Solo Adventure


No Hidden Fees and No Traps