New Year's Day parade reviving Shawan tradition
2011-December-29 Source: www.lifeofguangzhou.com
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A folk art festival will be held on Jan 1 – 4 in Shawan, a historical town in Panyu District. After three years of renovation, the public will have the chance to see the town's ancient architecture, along with its traditional parade and folk music concert.

Marking the completion of the renovation project of the town's ancient buildings, the town will open dozens of them to the public. The highlight should be the 800-year ancestral hall Liu Geng Tang and museums exhibiting the town's folk art and culture.

Enjoying the reputation of the home of Piao Se, or puppet parade, Shawan will hold the biggest one in the last ten years on New Year's Day. Aiming to revamp the parade's magnificent scene from the old days, it will for the first time be moved from the old narrow lanes to the modern avenues, extending as far as 500 meters. Award-winning and newly-designed puppets will be shown.

And one of the top conductors in China Li Fubin will lead a folk music troupe to present a concert on the evening of Jan. 2. The public can enjoy many pieces of classical Cantonese folk music reminiscent of their childhood.

As another festival tradition, a fish lantern parade will also be held again for the first time since 1982. There will be 145 families joining in the parade in the old town on the evening of Jan. 4; each holds a fish lantern made by its child to represent a nostalgic scene of lighting lanterns in the ancient ally.

Visitors can also experience authentic folk art by veiwing a series of traditional performances, from Cantonese opera to acrobatics, during the festival.

 

Editor: Miranda
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