Wives of China’s Miao Ethnic Group Return Home for New Year

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This week has been rich in uninterrupted festivities for 150,000 revelers of the Miao ethnic group from Leishan County, Guizhou Province, southwest China.

November 25 marked a new year for the small community, which means a week-long celebration, outrageous traditional costumes, freebies and a huge amount of culinary delights, reports People’s Daily Online.

According to Miao tradition, all married women in the group must return to their parents’ homeland to celebrate the holiday with them. This year, 5,218 women returned to Leishan County for the celebrations.

Miao women with hot pink flowers in their hair, as tradition dictates, all brides must come home for New Years to be with their parents

Miao ladies wearing huge silver headgear during New Year festivities, they are silver and traditionally made by hand

Miao ladies wearing huge silver headgear during New Year festivities, they are silver and traditionally made by hand

The tenth lunar month marks the start of a new year for the Miao people. The exact date varies each year and is only communicated a month or two in advance.

Stunning photos of the festivities – which can attract 200,000 tourists to the region – have appeared online.

Most of the parties take place at Thunder Mountain, which boasts classy cliff-top walkways, the world’s largest cable car, and a glass walkway.

Among all of these daring attractions are thousands of Miao women dressed in traditional clothes and celebrating their New Years.

The Miao minority are famous for their brightly colored and traditionally embroidered costumes. To add to these clothes, they wear extravagant, handcrafted silver headgear, some with huge horns, flowers and tiny beads, they are only worn in their community.

During the celebrations, they also hold lectures on great Miao legends, dance the traditional Lusheng dance, and make traditional costumes.

With a population of nearly nine million, the Miao people are one of the largest minorities in China, here women share a traditional drink

With a population of nearly nine million, the Miao people are one of the largest minorities in China, here women share a traditional drink

Miao New Year celebrations attract over 200,000 tourists to the area each year, the day marks the end of the tenth lunar month

Miao New Year celebrations attract over 200,000 tourists to the area each year, the day marks the end of the tenth lunar month

During the celebrations, they discuss great Miao legends, dance the traditional Lusheng dance, and make traditional costumes.

During the celebrations, they discuss great Miao legends, dance the traditional Lusheng dance, and make traditional costumes.

Miao’s offers huge traditional dishes including pork, red eggs, sticky rice, freshly caught fish, and homemade sweet rice wine.

These types of festivals are a great way to strengthen the economic and cultural characteristics between them and the rest of China.

With a huge increase in tourism around Thunder Mountain in recent years, the living conditions of the Miao people have improved dramatically and their culture is widely respected throughout China.

The Miao ethnic group is said to be recognized by the Chinese government as one of the country’s 55 minority groups.

With a population of nearly nine million, the Miao people are one of the largest minorities in China. They are mainly distributed in the provinces of Guizhou, Yunnan, Hunan and Sichuan.

According to Miao custom, all married women in the group must return to their parents to celebrate the holiday with them.

According to Miao custom, all married women in the group must return to their parents to celebrate the holiday with them.

The Miao people have huge traditional dishes including pork, red eggs, sticky rice, freshly caught fish, and homemade sweet rice wine.

The Miao have huge traditional dishes including pork, red eggs, sticky rice, freshly caught fish, and homemade sweet rice wine.

The Miao community is famous for its elaborate costumes.  They are brightly colored and embroidered in the traditional way.  To add to these clothes, they wear extravagant, handcrafted silver headgear, some with huge horns, flowers, and tiny pearls.

The Miao community is famous for its elaborate costumes. They are brightly colored and embroidered in the traditional way. To add to these clothes, they wear extravagant, handcrafted silver headgear, some with huge horns, flowers, and tiny pearls.


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