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Nian Li--Special Festival in Maoming
Latest Updated by 2004-02-27 17:40:00

For the local people in Maoming, the most popular and festive gala is so-called "Nian Li"(annual celebration). Each village has its own celebration time, while most 'Nian Li' falls on within the 2nd day till end of the first month of Chinese Lunar Year.

Tracing down the history of Nian Li, we will find that this gala is originally a combination of Lanterns Festival, Temple Fair and the fete day when the locals marks the settle-down of their ancestor.

With the records of celebration being found in the chorography of Maoming dating back as early as Ming and Qing dynasty, Nian Li was once very prevailing in the early stage and the 50's of last century, then was forced to hault during Cultural Revolution, and restored gradually later in 80's.

The most important activity of Nian Li is offering the sacrifice to God, praying for good luck and also feasting the relatives and friends.

In Nian Li celebration, lantern lightening and the so-called "You Shen"(God's parade) are traditional events, other entertaining programs such as movie shows, drama and light music concerts will also be arranged.

Editor: Wing

By:Liang Yixin, Zhang Yi Source:South CN
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