Shanxi Festivals

Last updated by fabiowzgogo at 2014-2-24

1 Jin Merchant Shehuo Festival

Characteristics of the activity:Shehuo as a traditional performance art existent widely among the folks of the Central Jin has become a folk entertainment activity full of good wishes such as happy events, luck and blessing. Its main activity items include appreciating festive lanterns of ancient Pingyao city, hanging auspicious bells on marvelous Mianshan Mountain and holding Shehuo in the Wangs’ grand courtyard house.

Location of the activity:Jiexiu Mianshan Mountain, ancient Pingyao City and the Qiaos’ grand courtyard house

Date of the festival:December 28th to January 18th of the Chinese lunar calendar of every year(February 9th to March 1st of the Gregorian calendar)

2 Ancient Pingyao City Cultural and International Tourist Festival

Characteristics of the activity:During the festival, there are several traditional folk culture and arts performances such as Welcoming Guest Ceremony in the Ancient Style, Casting an Embroidered Ball downstairs from a Storied Building to seek a Spouse and Interrogation of the Magistrate in the Feudal Society.

Location of the activity:The main meeting place is not fixed every year.

Date of the festival:It starts from June 9th of every year.

3 Yongji International Lover’s Month

Characteristics of the activity:The love story in the classical opera called the Romance of West Chamber happened here. Hence, this ancient temple with a history of one thousand years become a tourist attraction enjoying a great reputation at and abroad.     

Location of the activity:Pujiu Temple of Yongji City

Date of the festival:September 26th to October 25th of every year

4 Wutai Mountain Temple Fair in June

Characteristics of the activity:Farmers, who want to trade livestock, believers in God, who want to make a pilgrimage to the mountain and worship the     Buddha, tourists home and abroad, who want to take sightseeing, and merchants, who come from all directions to do business, all gather together here. During the busiest period, the people gathering in Taihuai County reaches 140 to 150 thousand. There are also some colorful culture and arts programs at intervals.

Location of the activity:Taihuai Town of Wutai County

Date of the festival:June of every year

5 Buzha Dance (Mask Dance)

Characteristics of the activity:It is a significant Buddhist ritual, which can drive out the evils and greet happiness and peace.  

Location of the activity:Huangjiao Temple of Wutai Mountain

Date of the festival:June 15th of the Chinese lunar calendar of every year

6 Wutai Mountain International Tourist Month

Characteristics of the activity:During the festival, large-scale Buddhist rituals, folk culture and arts activities and the mule & horse livestock trade fair are held.

Location of the activity:Taihuai Town of Wutai County

Date of the festival:July 25th to August 25th of every year

7 Shanxi Noodles Festival

Characteristics of the activity:During the Shanxi Noodles Culture Festival, several activities such as introduction to quality noodle, savoring noodles and performance of making noodles. 

Location of the activity:Taiyuan

Date of the festival:September 27th to October 10th of every year

8 Kitchen God Worship Festival

Characteristics of the activity:When worshipping the kitchen god, the god should first be set up and then sumptuous food and wine are offered as a sacrifice. Cooking vessels, chopping blocks, bamboo containers are also set. Moreover, there is a ceremony of welcoming corpses.

Location of the activity:Every household

Date of the festival:December 23rd of the Chinese lunar calendar of every year

9 Ancient Temple Fair of Jin Ancestral Temple

Characteristics of the activity:The ancient temple fair in the Jin Ancestral Temple has also become a day of worshipping the god.

Location of the activity:Trade companies in all the counties in the suburbs of Taiyuan City

Date of the festival:July 2nd of the Chinese lunar calendar of every year

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