Dali Holiday Calendar – August 2014

Zhongyuan Festival – August 10

In Chinese tradition, the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called Ghost Day and the seventh month in general is regarded as the Ghost Month (鬼月), in which ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm. Distinct from both the Qingming Festival (in spring) and Chung Yeung Festival (in autumn) in which living descendants pay homage to their deceased ancestors, on Ghost Day, the deceased are believed to visit the living.

Shuai Hai Festival – August 18 to September 18

This is a local Bai minority festival which lasts for one month, with the most famous and huge celebration on August 8th of the lunar calendar, along the west costal area of Erhai lake. On that day, nearby villages send all their boats to Cai village and thousands of people will come around to watch.

Shibaoshan Singing Festival – August 22 to August 24

Celebrated on the last three days of the eighth month in lunar calendar. Young boys and girls of the Bai minority gather in Shibaoshan to sing.

Jianchuan Horse Festival – August 25

It usually starts from every August, and horses trading with plenty of Bai minority dancing and singing performance.