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Join Sanya local ethnics to celebrate Sanyuesan Festival

Updated: 2017-03-13 12:37:32


In celebration of the Sanyuesan Festival, also known as the March Third Festival, a series of cultural activities will be held at the Tianyahaijiao Scenic Spot from March 27th to 29th, 2017.

The festivities will begin at 8:00 p.m. on March 27th with a grand opening ceremony featuring Li and Miao minority dances and songs.


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Other events such as a Li and Miao brocade weaving and embroidery competition, a traditional ethnic athletic competition, and a photo exhibition displaying the vibrant life of Sanya’s ethnic minority communities, will be held at the scenic spot on the following day.


Li & Miao brocade weaving & embroidery contest


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Traditional ethnic athletic competition


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In addition, a Li and Miao fashion show will be on display at Sanya University on March 29th. The show will feature some of the most innovative and creative works by the school’s design and textile design students.


About the Hainan Sanyuesan Festival



The Sanyuesan Festival is the largest traditional festival of the Li and Miao minorities in Hainan Province. The festival takes place on the 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month of each year. The holiday is a known as a time for boys and girls to express their love through singing and dancing competitions. The festival is also sometimes referred to as “Valentine’s Day” for the Li and Miao people.


On the day of the festival, young boys and girls from nearby settlements get together in bright and attractive clothing. They hold hands and sing songs, perform bamboo pole dances, and go on dates in houses that are shaped like boats. At the break of dawn, they exchange gifts and promise to meet again the next year.