Sword & Pole Festival of Lisu people

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Sword & Pole Festival, which has a history of more than hundreds of years, is celebrated by the Lisu people.

A grand sacrificial ceremony composed of breathtaking stunts is held by the Lisu on the 8th day of the 2nd lunar month (March in Gregorian calendar). Dancing in fire is one of the highlights of the festival: several men dance on the fire barefoot, presenting various stunts for guests. On the second day, they climb a 20-meters high wooden pole that is bound with 36 long swords, showing their stunts at the top of the pole. So far, the festival has gradually become a sports competition for young men of Lisu.

Legend has it that border areas of Yunnan were invaded by others in the Ming Dynasty. Wang Ji, an official of imperial court at that time, led the troops to victory in the battle. However, he was killed by traitors on the way back on the 8th day of the 2nd lunar month. Thus, the day was designated as a traditional festival by the Lisu to commemorate the hero.

(Editors:Hyesung,Minnie Mao)

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