Firecracker Dragon Festival and bamboo dragon-making crafts in South China's Guangxi

10-02-2024

(worldkings.org) The Firecracker Dragon Festival is a thrilling and unique festival celebrated in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China, particularly in the Binyang County. It's a vibrant carnival held on the 11th day of the first lunar month, coinciding with the Spring Festival.

The centerpiece of the festival is the awe-inspiring firecracker dragon dance. Performers, often bare-chested, maneuver large, colorful paper dragons made of bamboo on poles. As they dance, spectators shower the dragons with lit firecrackers, creating a mesmerizing spectacle of fire, sound, and movement.

Zou Yute, a 70-year-old craftsman, is an inheritor of the bamboo dragon-making crafts and has been devoted to this art for over four decades. The dragons are crafted from high-quality bamboo, chosen for its strength, flexibility, and lightweight nature. Skilled artisans carefully select and prepare the bamboo, using traditional tools like saws, knives, and planes. Each dragon is unique, reflecting the individual skills and creativity of the artisans who crafted it. This adds to the cultural significance and charm of the festival.

Firecracker Dragon Festival which can be dated back to more than 10 centuries ago is a traditional carnival celebrating Spring Festival in Binyang, when locals perform the firecracker dragon dance with a bamboo dragon.

Unlike most dragon dances performed elsewhere, the audiences usually throw lit firecrackers toward the bamboo dragon during the dance to drive away evil spirits and pray for peace and prosperity for the new year. The event was included in the National Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2008.

According to Chinadaily/internet


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