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Aini Ethnic Peoples Festivals

Gatanpa Festival

Gatanpa is a word from Aini language, means renaissance of everything. This is New Year Festival of Aini people, the most important festival of theirs. Gatangpa Festival falls in almost the same period of our New Year, but it may last more days, normally from Jan. 2nd to Jan. 4th. It's the most joyful time in one year for Aini people, they enjoy it in many ways, dance, sing, play tops, slaughter animals, feast friends, have archery competition, prepare festival rice cake and worship house god to celebrate it. Like all other festivals, Gatanpa is more enjoyed by the youth, they would put on new clothes and make themselves up, having parties and date with their loved.
Yekuza Festival
Yekuza Festival falls normally in June of Luna Calendar, different villages may choose different days for it. Aini people spend this festival in commemoration of their ancient hero who helped them kill pests that were threatening their crops, according to Aini's legend, once Aini people came across a serious pest disaster, an Aini man named Yeku made pesticide to kill pests, in order to attract pests he dyed pesticide red with his own blood, finally pests were annihilated and people's crop was saved when Yeku used out his last drop of blood. It's a festival more for youth, besides the normal festival activities, young people in the village will have a swing competition, too. It's a chance for boys to present themselves, he who swings highest will win honor as well the hearts of girls.

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