'Drying Clothes Festival' held in S China

Clothes of the Red Yao ethnic group are hanged out Monday to celebrate the "Drying Clothes Festival" in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, South China. The annual event is the Red Yao ethnic group's second important festival after the Spring Festival.


People of the Yao ethnic group walk to attend the "Drying Clothes Festival" in Longji Township of Longsheng County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, July 8, 2018. (File photo: Xinhua)

Every sixth day of the sixth lunar month, young people will bring clothes and shoes to the yard and spread them out on bamboo mats or hang them on bamboo poles for sun exposure. The whole stockade is colorful, mainly red, and becomes an "ocean" of clothes. After three to four hours, people will put the clothes back in place.

In the evening, people in the village wave to the sinking sun to express their gratitude and reverence to the sun. During the one-day festival, the people of the Yao ethnic group take part in folk performances like dancing and singing.

Yao ethnic-style wedding ceremonies attract new couples all over the country.

The celebration the Multinational Autonomous County of Longsheng, Guangxi has an extremely rural atmosphere with ethnic characteristics, which attracts thousands of tourists from home and abroad to the scene. It has become a highlight of the tourist industry.