QingJing Torch Festival
Revolving around the theme of passing on the spirit, the Festival will continue the cultures and strengthen solidarity of the local aborigines and the new residents.
The Torch Festival is a traditional festival originating from the ethnic minority groups in southwest China, such as Yi ethnic group, Bai ethnic group, Hani ethnic group, Lisu ethnic group, Lahu ethnic group, Wa ethnic group, Nashi ethnic group, Jino ethnic group, Pumi ethnic group, and Achang ethnic group. This is especially so for the Yi ethnic group which considers it as a New Year Festival, and they call it the “Star Returning Festival” or “Oriental Carnival”.
Focused on the core values of passing on the spirit, besides the raising of torches by the residents to light up the skies in prayer for a better year, purging of evil, better luck, and as a symbol of unity of the tribe, the Festival has also integrated the cultures of the local aborigines and new residents to honor the fighting spirit of the guerrillas in Burma to create a beautiful homeland.