Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Beyond the Great Wall - Dai Water Splashing Festival

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.

To learn more about the Dai, check out our other posts for Beyond the Great Wall, including a printable bookmark inspired by Dai embroidery,  the peacock dance and craft, and a look at the Dai bamboo houses

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