Drunken Dragon Festival kicks off in Macao

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-03 21:47:47|Editor: Mengjie


Drunken dragon dance is performed during the Drunken Dragon Festival to celebrate Buddha's birthday in south China's Macao, May 3, 2017. Buddha's birthday falls on Wednesday this year according to the Chinese lunar calendar. Recognized as an item of China's national intangible cultural heritage, the Drunken Dragon Festival originates from a Macao legend of a Buddhist monk and a divine dragon who saved people from the plague during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). (Xinhua/Cheong Kam Ka)

MACAO, May 3 (Xinhua) -- The traditional Drunken Dragon Festival was held in China's Macao Special Administrative Region Wednesday, featuring Chinese dragon performance, sacrifice offering and a carnival.

The festival was aimed at celebrating Buddha's birthday which falls on the eighth of April in the Chinese lunar calendar.

Two drunken dragon performers, usually males that have practiced martial arts, held the head and the tail of the "dragon" respectively. The other two performers held liquor jars and beat the drum.

This year they made the performance at the Red Market, a building which was built over 80 years ago, and its surrounding streets.

Performers from Japan, Singapore and Malaysia also participated in this year's festival.

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