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Torch Festival

Date: 24-25 lunar July

Major Venue: Dali (NW Yunnan); Kunming (Central Yunnan); Chuxiong (Central Yunnan); Yuxi (Central Yunnan)


Deemed "the oriental carnival", the Torch Festival is spent by several ethnic minorities such as the Yi, Bai, Naxi, Jinuo and Lahu etc. Enjoying a long history as an important festival of these minorities, it exhibits quite profound cultural connotations. Although the date of the festival is slightly different among these minorities, it takes place on lunar 24 June. Usually, a wide variety of folk activities are organised for the festival, such as bull (buffalo) fighting, goat fighting, rooster fighting, horse racing, wrestling, beauty pageant, and singing and dancing etc.