Media Challengers in Yunnan: Why do people daub their faces in black ash?

The Media Challenger Yunnan Team received special blessings from Yi people when holding a campfire party in Puzhehei, southwest China's Yunnan Province. Yi people daubed challengers' faces with black ash to wish them health, happiness and good luck. 

The CGTN Media Challengers campaign began on April 8, 2021, with the goal of looking for English-speaking presenters, on-camera reporters, DJs and social media influencers to report and create content from all over the world. Thousands of outstanding applicants from more than 130 countries and regions have participated in the campaign. The Media Challengers held its finals in September. CGTN is now in close contact with outstanding participants who are interested in becoming the next faces and voices of CGTN.

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