Miao people in Guizhou celebrate Zouqin
By Zhang Mengyuan, Ding Siyue
01:22

On the second day of the second month by the lunar calendar, China's ethnic Miao people celebrate the Zouqin Festival. "Zouqin" means "gathering of family and friends," and the occasion is marked by sporting events and artistic activities.

A particular favorite this year was a singing contest in which 18 groups performed a selection of traditional Miao songs.

"They're very distinctive, especially their costumes. Their silver jewelry and clothes are very beautiful," said one tourist.

Embroidery show held to mark the Zouqin Festival. /VCG Photo

Embroidery show held to mark the Zouqin Festival. /VCG Photo

"It's the first time we are attending Zouqin Festival. I think it's magnificent. It's a platform for deepening the friendship among different ethnic groups. The atmosphere is very good, " added another tourist.

An embroidery show and various sporting events attracted large numbers of participants. But the highlight for many spectators was a demonstration of Miao marriage customs. Nine couples, dressed in traditional costumes, went through a wedding ceremony. The elders who hosted it sang ancient Miao songs to pass on best wishes to the newly married couples.

Embroidery show held to mark the Zouqin Festival. /VCG Photo

Embroidery show held to mark the Zouqin Festival. /VCG Photo

The Zouqin Festival is part of the intangible cultural heritage of Guizhou province. In recent years, it has become a distinctive event attracting large numbers of visitors.