Video - "People of fire" celebrate "festival of fire" in #Yunnan
The annual Torch Festival is coming! On July 13,2017, Yi ethnic group begins to celebrate the Torch festival in southwest China. In Yunnan Nationalities Village, tourists and people from Yi, Bai, Naxi, Jinuo and other ethnic groups enjoy a couple of exciting nights, singing and dancing hand in hand around the bonfires and lighting the sky with hundreds of burning torches. During the festival, other enthusiastic activities are also held like bull fighting, wrestling, torch light parade, dancing and singing performances.
The Torch Festival, which falls around the 24th day of the sixth month of the lunar calendar, is the most important occasion for Yi people to express their gratitude for a life of plenty and good wishes for the coming year.
The Yi people also call themselves the "people of fire.� They think fire possesses a super power which can drive away evil and frighten off ghosts, so they have a special relationship with fire.