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Sowing Seeds Festival of Wa Ethnic Group

Sowing festival, taking place in March, is one of the major festivals of the Wa ethnic group. When it is held, all the villagers of a Wa village will get together and hold a grand buffalo-butchering ceremony which is presided over by the donor the buffalo. After the buffalo is butchered, the beef will be allocated to each family for ancestral sacrifice ceremony and the skeleton has to be given back to the donor. In the Wa ethnic culture, the skulls of a buffalo is deemed a symbol of bonanza and prosperity.

As soon as the ancestral sacrifice ceremony is finished, the family members will have lunch and then start to plant rice in the fields.

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