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Rumiqi Festival of Nu Ethnic Group in Nujiang

Rumiqi is a traditional festival of the Nu Minority. In the Nu language, "Ru" means "village", "Mi" means "wickedness" and "Qi" means "rinse"; so "Rumiqi" together means "the entire village works to get rid of the wickedness/misfortune".   

It's said that Nu people used to be haunted by a series of natural calamities. In order to ward off these calamities, they resorted to God and staged "Miqi" activities. Rumiqi is normally spent on March 6 because the Nu People believe that on that day a kind of mysterious bird will perch in the village; it sounds just vividly "Rumiqi".

Rumiqi Festival has so far evolved into "Kaichun Festival"(the opening of spring). Colorful cultural activities are staged by the Nu members to start the spring farming and celebrate their happy life.

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