Unimaginable Fruit-Awaiting Festival
In Tibet, expect the Tibetan new year, Fruit-Awaiting Festival is the liveliest festival. It is a festival that Tibetans congratulate beforehand bumper agriculture. In end of July, highland barley and wheal is golden already. Before Fruit-Awaiting Festival, every village will spend festival together, they play Tibetan Opera, call on relatives, prepare new clothes. Fruit-Awaiting Festival is not fixed in one or two days. Generally, it is held before grain rip. According to different agriculture arrange, date of spending festival is various different. For example, in Lhasa, people begin to spend Fruit-Awaiting Festival from 1, August; however, some place held it from midmonth of July such as Gyangz or Shigatse. Period of festival time sustain for three to five days. For a peasant who is busy and hard in whole year. Fruit-Awaiting Festival is a good time to have fun. Also, there is someone who does not want to spend all festival time to eat or play. They call on relatives or do some other things which they want to do in holiday. Some of them will help trekker to find charming scene such as Namsto.
Fruit-Awaiting Festival is originated from ancient agriculture tribe. It is popular since two thousand years ago in downstream area of Brahmaputra River. It is a ceremony to worship earth and a celebration to sacrifice gnome. On every occasion this day, Tibetans will dress in splendid attire. They held colorful flags and raise highland barely. What is more, there is bumper pagoda which is tied white Hada. Also they lift poster and some of them make accompaniment of gongs and drums; others will sing song, dance or play Tibetan opera. Surely, turning circle is an important link in Fruit-Awaiting Festival. They will devoutly turn circle toward earth. After the turning circle, common people will take tents, barley wine and find a superexcellent place for following activities. They talk about ancient story and daily life; they rejoice with wild excitement and make joke with each other. Actually, if you want to have a special and different Tibet travel, you should join in them, there are a lot of interesting and unique race. If you are ready to have Tibet travel from shanghai you should never miss the several races which will make you feel the original and natural country. For instance, horse race, archery, yak match, song and dance race, Tibetan opera race. Also there is a unique race which is called pick Hada on a horse.
Now, I will tell you some details of Fruit-Awaiting Festival. Firstly, woman who stands for Local God wears a headwear and drapes some gold things in neck; woman who stands for Ocean God will put on special cloth. And every witch will be followed two accompanies, one life a red umbrella; and other held trenchers in both hand. They get up from altar and lead all common people turn three circle around village. The places which have been turned will be put happiness and good luck. Back to festival area, common people begin to dance and sing god song. At first, also begin by the witch, she will lead a man to dance. And then a woman will sing three parts song. Next, they will get in circle by turn; propose a toast to god until all of people vacillating and staggering. In the following day of the Fruit-Awaiting Festival, whole villagers will form a queue to turn cropland. Wizard or witch will go foremost, they hold colorful Hada; following is Lamas who recite Tibetan lection. And next, it is a band. The last is all villagers. One family sent out a people to be delegate. They will set out from preconcerted place. Every people will pull out three hands highland barley, and supply in home for grain god when they come back to home. It means there is much ensuring for bumper harvest. After that, people will take race which I have told you above. At nightfall, there will be bonfire in some areas, and it is with a big copper jar. Every attendance will take some firewood and add it in bonfire. Take some barley wine to pure in copper jar; and then join in
circle. It is high tide of Fruit-Awaiting Festival. Generally, tourists will pay more attention to special local products. If you are a foreign tourist such as if you have Tibet travel from Nepal, you can buy and take some local products in there. It is busy and tense to collect and seed after Fruit-Awaiting Festival. It is Fruit-Awaiting Festival of Tibet, happy and interesting. It is a devout celebration which is held by devout people. If you are a devout people and full of feeling to earth and grain, go and have a unimaginable experience.
Published on Mar 6, 2013
Published on Mar 6, 2013
In Tibet, expect the Tibetan new year, Fruit-Awaiting Festival is the liveliest festival. It is a festival that Tibetans congratulate bef...