Xinjiang Festivals

Last updated by vickyct at 2016/11/4

Local Festivals

Major festivals in Xinjiang are the grand Islamic Rouzi Festival (dinner for family reunion during which people will enjoy various meat to their heart content) and Gu’erbang Festival (similar to Rouzi Festival but in a larger scale).

Rouzi Festival, generally known as Kaizhai Festival, is held annually in September according to Chinese Hui nationality calendar. It is usually celebrated for three consecutive days after a month Zhaijie, during which the Muslim people only eat or drink before or after sunset rather than in daytime.

Gu’erbang Festival, known as Zaisheng Festival, is held annually on December 10th according to Chinese Hui nationality calendar, the 70th day after Rouzi Festival. It is said that Saint Allah once ordered Prophet Ibrahim to contribute his son as a sacrifice. When the loyal Prophet was prepared to sacrifice his son, Saint Allah informed him to kill a lamb instead. Later that day is celebrated as Zaisheng Festival, on which the Muslim people should take showers, put on new clothes and go to Muslim temples to pray. Besides, they will visit relatives and friends, treat guests with mutton, and hold various recreations activities to enjoy themselves.

In addition, tourists in Xinjiang may find or experience some local Buddhist festivals, such as Maide’er Festival, Tajike Nationality Lantern Festival and Sowing Festival, and Migrating-to-the-west Festival of Xibe nationality.

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