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Xinyi Piaose: a unique art based in west Guangdong

2017-March-23       Source: Newsgd.com

On Lantern Festival, Nian Li or other significant festivals, Piaose parades can be nearly found in Zhenlong town of Xinyi, attracting villagers around and even overseas Xinyi people to watch them.

A group of kids perform Piaose in Xinyi. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]

Xinyi Piaose combines lifestyle, art and culture. It not only brings people fun and aesthetic delight but also educates people. Content of Piaose parade in the past mainly focused on legends, historical allusions and heroic stories. It gradually developed over time with blend of dancing and acrobatics. People convey their best wishes during the Piaose performances and enrich its contents and form with new subjects from daily life.

We are unable to trace the origin of Xinyi Piaose. However, from a historical perspective, we believe that, this primitive worship and blessing rite was performed by peasants to pray to God for getting rid of evilness and illness, preserving health and safety, and having harvest.

In 2007, Xinyi Piaose was inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List of Maoming Municipality. In 2009, it was inscribed on the 3rd Intangible Cultural Heritage List of Guangdong Province. Over years, Xinyi Piaose received multiple golden awards in China’s Piaose performances.

Click here to find out more about Nian Li, unique traditional festival in west Guangdong.

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