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Puzhehei Hualian Face Painting Carnival

Date: 18 July-18 August
Place: Puzhehei Scenic Resort of Qiubei County, Wenshan Prefecture

The "Face Painting" Festival is the most primitive aspect of the Sani (a branch of the Yi) ethnic culture, attracting lots of holidaymakers and tourists-who go there for "water fight" and admiring lush lotuses in sizzling summer.

Hualian means to enforce somebody to wear collies. Hualian Festival is special of Yi Minority in Qiubei County, Wenshan Prefecture. Yis there also claim themselves to be Sani branch like that in the Stone Forest. Yi ancestors in Qiubei were said to wear black collies on their faces to drive away evil spirits thus Hualian Festival was brought forth, and it has become a golden opportunity for young generation to develop new romances because they could, on that day, “mark the faces” to express love.

Xian Ren Dong, a Yi village in Puzhehei Resort, is noted for its Hualian Festival and beautiful landscapes around. The elderly say that Hualian Festival has been celebrated for nearly one thousand years. Legend goes that: Demons once committed invasion to the village and tried to kidnap Yi lasses. Villagers racked their brains and finally figured out a smart idea: dressed up by wearing collies on their faces to make them look ugly and unpleasing; when the demons suddenly saw the “ugly” people of the village, they got scared and “disappointed”, and finally gave up. In order to memorize the great event, Yi people in Puzhehei would spend Hualian Festival to “exorcise” ominous matters and celebrate happiness every year. Other paints have also come with collies.  

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