Yao ethnic group dries red clothes to kick off festive day in southern China – Xinhua


Aerial photo taken on July 8, 2018 shows women of the Yao ethnic group demonstrating folk costume making skills in Longji County, Longsheng County, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Local people of the Yao ethnic group celebrated the annual “clothes drying” festival on Monday, which falls on the 6th day of the 6th month of the traditional Chinese lunar calendar. (Photo by Su Yongzhu / Xinhua)

NANNING, July 8 (Xinhua) – The Red Yao ethnic group from southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is celebrating their “Laundry Drying Festival” on Monday.

Living in the mountainous region of Guilin City, Guangxi, the ethnic group is renowned for their distinctive red clothing.

Every year on the sixth day of the sixth lunar month, usually a sunny day, the Red Yao hang up their clothes. The balconies and hallways of families in the villages are filled with all kinds of clothes mostly in bright red, forming a spectacular scene.

During the one-day festival, the Red Yao participate in folklore shows and hold ethnic-style wedding ceremonies, attracting new couples from across the country. Dog worship activities are also included because they believe the dog is their benefactor. Local clothing contains dog totems as an essential part.

The Clothes Drying Festival is the second most important festival in Red Yao after the Spring Festival.

Guangxi is located in southern China and borders Vietnam, and has 11 ethnic minorities living in the region.


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