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The Flower Street Festival of Huayaodai Ethnic People in Xinping County,Yuxi

The Flower Street Festival(花街节) is a traditional event for Flower Waist Belt Dai Minority in Xinping County, when the young people have a chance to know about each other, when the youth are concerned with love and romance, when the young men and women choose the mates they will spend their lives with.

On that day, girls and young women in each village will suit themselves up and walk to the street led by a beautiful young woman, while the young men are standing by the street to look for the one they love. When the girls take a rest under the tree, the man can present the girl he loves brown sugar, colorful strings, straw hats, towels and Yangluo (a kind of clothing ornament and accessory which has a small pedestal and a relatively round bigger rim presenting a circle surface and a horn-like accessory spatially) At the same time, if the girl falls in love with the man as well, she will present the man a handkerchief, a piece of cloth and a ribbon with flowers embroidered by her own. Besides, the girl will share the sticky rice held in Yangluo, dry finless eels and quail eggs prepared in advance with her beloved man. After that, they will rendezvous in the bamboo forest, sing in antiphonal style, and participate in the collective dancing.

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