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2014 Water-Splashing Festival in Xishuangbanna

Xishuangbanna water splashing festival schedule of 2014 ,1376 Dai New Year

  09:00 - 15:00 cockfighting game beside Mekong River

on the beach close to the xishuangbanna bridge

water-splashing square , right side of the xishuangbanna bridge


13:30-16:00 Opening ceremony of Dragon-boat Races

  Dragon-oat Races match , launching of rockets competition
  20:00-21:30 Folk dance party at Water Splashing Square
  20:00-21:30 Lotus water lamp competition ,kong ming laterns
April,14th 8:30-10:30 parading on main street on the beach close to the xishuangbanna bridge
  10:30-11:00 Dai people's dancing at Water Splashing Square
  10:00-23:00 local food fairs at Dragon Boat Square
April,15th 10:00 - 11:00 Take the holy water ceremony from Mekong River  
  12:00 - 14:00 water-splashing activity everywhere  

Above infomation from: 2014年西双版纳傣历年“泼水节”期间官方活动安排

The Water-Splashing Festival -- held on New Year‘s Day, according to the Dai calendar -- was celebrated by both visitors and residents in Jinghong, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China‘s Yunnan Province from April 12 to 18(normally 14 to 16).

The annual Water-Splashing Festival is most important holiday of the Dai people. Held during the sixth month of the Dai calendar, usually falling in the middle of April, it is also known as the Festival for Bathing the Buddha.
Although there are numerous legends about the origin of the festival, one of the best known tells of the long-ago days when there was a devil in the village where the Dai people lived, doing all manner of evil. All the people hated him but his magic was too powerful for them to overcome.

One day in the sixth month, his seventh wife, who had been kidnapped from the village, tricked him into revealing his weaknesses. As he slept, his wives used his hair to cut off his head. But the head began to burn when it touched the ground, and the fire would die only if one of the women held the head tightly in her arms.

So the seven wives took turns holding the head, each for a period of one year. Every year when they changed, people would splash water on the woman who had been holding the head for the past year to wash away the blood and a year of fatigue.
As time went by, the ritual became a happy -- even raucous -- way to send off the old year and greet the new.

The days of the Water-Splashing Festival are filled with various activities:
1th day : song and dance, dragon-boat races, the launching of rockets and the flying of Kongming lanterns
2th day : parades and fairs. Some ethnic people from different ethnic group will put on their truditional clothing. Many people offer their home-made Dai food on the fairs freely.
3th day : craze water splashing in Jinghong city.

But water splashing is central to all because water is the symbol of holiness, goodness and purity. People gather along the roadsides and in public parks and squares armed with buckets and basins of water or carrying squirt guns to drench each other in wishes for good luck and a happy new year.

The Dai people account for 34 percent of the population of Xishuangbanna and form the biggest ethnic group in Yunnan Province, home to 25 of China‘s ethnic minorities.