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Apart from the festivals shared with the Han family, such as the Spring Festival, Lantern Festival, Qingming Festival, Duanwu(Dragon Boat Race), Zhongyuan Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and Double Ninth Festival, the ethnic minorities in Guangxi have number of unique, local festivals.
THIRD DAY OF THIRD MONTH FESTIVAL
The third day of the third month in lunar calendar is the annual folk-song singing festival of the Zhuang ethnic group. On that day, young people, male and female, wearing their beautiful costumes, and carrying a variety of foods, including five-color glutinous rice and colored eggs, and the young girls carrying their carefully-made coloured silk balls, crowd from all directions to the stages to perform songs. The youth from zhuan gethnic group are all good at singing and folk songs simply flow from their mouths according to the rhythmic music. Sometimes they can sing in antiphonal style from morning till night without picking the final winner. Apart from expressing one's love with songs, young people also use colored silk balls and colored eggs to express their love and to choose one's spouse.
Panwang Festival is a grand traditional festival of Yao ethnic group to pay tribute to their ancestors. The festival is held on the 16th of the tenth lunar month and usually it will last for three days and nights, though sometimes it can even last as long as seven days and nights. During the festival, each family will slaughters pigs and lambs to entertain their relatives and friends with lavish food and dishes. Everyone will wear their best holiday costumes to participate in all kinds of celebration activities, including long-drum dancing, singing of Panwang songs, historic songs, love songs, labor songs, playing rattle sticks and fireworks, and performing operas and dramas.
Changha Festival is the grandest traditional festival for Jing ethnic group to show their tribute to the god of sea. During the festival they gather at "Ha Pavilion"-fixed places for ceremonial service-to do "changha" (in Jing language, it means singing) to the gods and the ancestors. The time for holding "changha" varies from village to village on the three islands inhabited by the Jing people, such as on the 10th of sixth lunar month, 10th of the eighth lunar month, 25th of the first lunar month, but the four processes of welcoming gods, offering sacrfice to gods, singing "changha" and sending away the gods are almost the same, which will usually last three days and nights. After the ending of "changha" , as the gods have been sent away, the islands will return to their usual peace and tranquility.
NANNING INTERNATIONAL FOLKSONG FESTIVAL
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has long enjoyed the reputation of "sea of songs". Nanning International Folksong Festival is sponsored by Nanning Municipal Government with the aim inherit and develop the national culture and to strengthen exchange with other nations and races in the world. It is a grand comprehensive festival which combines cultural exchange, trade and business and traveling. During each festival, singers and tourists from various countries and regions across the world come to Nanning to enjoy the Guangxi folksongs and folk customs.