INHERITORS: Corban Festival in Kashgar

Kashgar, situated in the south west of Xinjiang, was a key stop on the ancient Silk Road. It served as a gateway for trade between China and countries in Asia and Europe. However, it wasn’t only goods that were exchanged on the Silk Road. So, too, were cultures, which merged and flourished.

In the 7th century AD, Islam entered China’s Western regions along the Silk Road, bringing with it Corban Festival. With time, Corban became more than a religious festival. It developed into a traditional holiday celebrated by everyone in Kashgar.

Corban is as important as New Year. Kashgar locals load their tables with food on this day to reward themselves for a year of hard work. Corban is all about sharing. In the past, rich families would buy extra meat to share with their neighbors and friends. This tradition is still alive in Kashgar today, although it’s practiced not just by the rich, but pretty well everyone.

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