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Dai Minority - Xishuangbanna Travel
Dai Minority - Xishuangbanna Travel
Description of Bai Minority - Dali Travel
 
With the population of over 1 million, the Dai minority in Yunnan is mainly engaged in agriculture; especially do the planting of paddy rice. In general, the Dai ethnic group lived in Xishuangbanna, believe in Hinayana (Theravada). Dai minority in China has their own language characters. Dai people are good at singing and dancing, also create their gorgeous cultures, especially in the aspect of their Dai calendar, Dai medicine, and Dai poems.
 
Dai Minority - Xishuangbanna Travel General customs and taboos of Dai minority:
It is avoid as harmful for foreigner to ride a horse, herd the cows, shoulder a load with a carrying pole and enter the villages with the messy hair. It is necessary to take off your shoes before you enter the Dai family and temples, and be light of your steps. Never enter the host’s bedrooms, sit on the doorsill, or step the fire by feet. It is also forbidden to whistle and cut your nails inside the house; sit on the pillows or make use of the clothes as a pillow. Finally, do not touch the monk’s head, Buddhist statues, flags and all kinds of consecrated articles in anyway.
 
Dai Minority - Xishuangbanna Travel Clothing of Dai Minority:
The dressings of the Dai women are always with the blazing color. Dai girls in general have slim and graceful figures, which make people give them a laudatory title as “Golden Peacock”. Dai girls are good at the way to dressed up. They wear tight-fitting shirts with narrow sleeves and matched with the same colored maxi skirt, to show their slender figures. Dai men wear collarless shirts in usual, matched with long pants, and sometimes, with the white or green head cloth.
 
For the Dai minority people, no matter boys or girls, they all like to carry a simple, colorful brocade bag for any outdoor events. These kinds of bags featured with distinctive national patterns like rare animals and birds, trees and plants or some geometric figures. Each of the patterns has its own specific meaning, for example, bags in red or green colors represent the commemoration of the ancestors; patterns in peacocks has the meaning of good fortune and happiness; and patterns of elephants are the symbol of a bumper grain harvest and have a good life.
 
Dai Minority - Xishuangbanna Travel Festivals of Dai Minority:
The Water-splashing Festival, represent the new year of the Dai calendar, is the most famous celebration in Dai minority. It holds in 13th – 15th of April annually in Jinghong, Xishuangbanna. During the festival, Dai people go to the temples for worship then splash waters everywhere to everybody in order to present their best, sincere wishes to others. Dai people also hold some activities like dragon-boat racing, cock-fighting, do peacock dance, throwing lotus-pouch and light up lanterns etc.
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