The knife-pole festival is one of the neatest festivals in China. China is a densely populated country, rich in culture. Chinese culture is the fourth oldest culture in the world. Each district in China has its own culture and most these different cultures are seen in their festivals. One of these festivals is the Knife-Pole Festival. The Lisu tribe started this festival. The Lisu are spread throughout Yunnan Province. Their main livelihood is farming and hunting, and are known as a friendly people.
The knife-pole Festival is held on the eighth day in the second month on the Chinese calendar. This festival aims to show honor and gratitude for Warrior Han (Wang Ji). Wang Ji was sent by the Ming government to expel other ethnic groups who broke into the Lisu area. After he did this, he taught the Lisu people how to use a knife. Wang Ji was killed when he drove home to Beijing.
When the knife-pole festival is held, residents wear bright and colorful costumes with floral motifs. The women beatify their hair with various knick-knacks, such as seashells and pearls. Here are some of the attractions performed in the festival:
- The Knife-Ladder:
Several people participate in this event simultaneously. Participants in red clothes and turbans climb the knife-ladder. The knife-ladder is made of 36 long, sharp knives mounted horizontally and upside down on a pole 20 meters high. Before the participants climb the pole, they drink alcohol while kneeling in front of the picture of Wang Ji. The one who reaches the top first, and does a handstand while lighting fireworks, is the winner.
- Fire Dancing:
This is a dance where people mimic the behavior of animals on smoldering coals with bare feet. They also rub their hands and body with the hot charcoal. The dance is supposed to dispel disaster or impending problems in the New Year.
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