There are 1.5 billion people who live in China, and approximately 92% are Han Chinese, that is ethnically Chinese. Most of this blog explores the Han culture. However, in the outer regions of China, beyond the great wall, various ethnic "minorities" abound. In fact, there are 56 officially recognized ethnic "minorities" in China, which accounts for about 125 million people.
During the Dai New Year, which falls between April 11-14th, the Dai celebrate with a Water Splashing Festival.
|Photo Credit Dodd Lu|
Everyone partakes in this festival, young and old, boy or girl, and tourists and non-locals are encouraged to join in the fun. Water is gathered in buckets and everyone splashes one another to wash away bad luck and make room for luck, happiness and wealth.
|Photo Credit Shang Nin|
The more water you have been doused in, the more luck you will receive, and the happier you'll be.