Sisters Meal Festival
Publish:China Guizhou Travel Guide  Time:2018-09-07  Views:1040


Sisters Meal festival happens on the 15th day of the 3rd Chinese lunar month in villages around Taijiang county. It was originally started from Laotun village and then finish in Shidong township. The Sisters‘ Meal Festival of Miao people is also called the "Eating Sisters‘ Rice Festival", is known as the oldest oriental Valentine‘s Day. The festival held in Shidong area of Guizhou is of a strong ethnic characteristic and a grandest one. 
During the festival, every Miao‘s family will prepare and  eat the sisters‘ rice, which is dyed and steamed to be five-color (red, yellow, white, blue and white) glutinous rice, glittering and translucent, delicately fragrant and pleasing to the eye.
In the festival, young men head for other villages to ask for "sisters‘ rice" from local girls‘ hands, which is in fact a social activity for young men and young women. Young men have the freedom to decide which village to go and which girl to single out for dating. When girls send the guys the "sisters‘ rice balls", their concerns and love are hidden in the rice basket and rice bags. The girl puts different plants in different baskets or bags to show their different feelings: a bamboo hook implying a further contact; buds of Chinese toon symbolizing coming of a marriage and garlic stalk hinting a polite refusal. Of course the guys who are refused are never getting angry. In the Miao society, even if they cannot become husband and wife, they are still good friends. 
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