Dagze District Festivals and Activities

There are several festivals celebrated in Dagze County, among which, the Wangguo Festival(望果节)and Horse Racing Festival are grandest and most popular.

Wangguo Festival and Activities in Dagze County

The Wangguo Festival(望果节), which has a history of more than 1500 years, is widely popular in the rural areas of Tibet. Every July to August in Tibetan Calendar, before people preparing harvest, Tibetan farmers in festival costumes, holding Qiema(grain bucket)切玛 which symbolizes a golden harvest, and highland barley wine, sing and dance in the farmland, to celebrate the harvest this year and wish a better harvest next year.

Wangguo Festival contains a lot of activities rich in contents like horse racing, archery, singing and dancing, Tibetan opera, and goods exchange. The festival which integrates literature, art, sports, and business, enriched the material and cultural life of the local Tibetan farmers and herdsmen in the masses.

Horse Racing Festival in Dagze County

Horse Racing Festival is celebrated in almost all the Tibetan festivals that are handed down by the people with a long history.In Tibetan festivals, horse racing is often appeared in the form of theme in the holiday, and, more importantly, based on the strong feelings about horse of the Tibetan people, they created the unique characteristics of the national horse racing culture.

During the festival, Tibetan people will hold many activities such as the harvest celebration, antiphonal singing, horse racing, god worship, the equestrian performance and goods exchange.

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