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Junpo Festival

Dates: the 9th to 19th day of the 2nd lunar month


 

 

Junpo Festival is a historic Hainan festival of the Li people celebrating the life and achievements of Madam Xian, who played a vital role in uniting and developing Hainan between 513 and 603 AD. She was  praised by premier Zhou Enlai as "the most prominent heroine in China's history".

 

The festival is divided into two parts, one celebrating local male gods, and one celebrating local female gods. Participants burn incense, kowtow, dance, walk on coals, and even pierce their cheeks with long metal rods in honor of the gods during the Junpo Festival.

 

 

Updated 10/12/15

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