Longdu ¡°April 8th¡±: Every 8th day of the 4th lunar month, large-scale folk arts tour would be held in Shengshi Village and Xiangjiao Village in Shaxi Town. The relative folk customs of Shaxi ¡°April 8th¡± had been recorded in the ¡°Folk Customs¡± in the 3rd volume of The Chronicles of Xiangshan: ¡°On the 8th day of the 4th lunar month, monks would bathe gods in lishe (the site of sacrifice to the god of land) and turn the dragonhead. On the same day, people would sacrifice gods in shrines, and tour over the towns while beating drums and holding flags. To welcome dragons, households would give money or rice in charity, or dress up as dragons, and sing and dance for several days¡¡±.
The folk customs of ¡°April 8th¡± originated during the Late Ming to Early Qing Period. Dragon dance would be held on the 8th day of April each year. Later, ¡°April 8th¡± developed into a grand tour with dragon, phoenix, mussel, and floats.
It has been over 100 years since Shaxi first held large-scale folk arts tour. Shengshi and Xiangjiao villagers¡¯ enthusiasm toward the folk arts tour held on the 8th day of April remain unchanged. Villagers, overseas Chinese and compatriots from Hong Kong and Taiwan voluntarily donate money for the tour, in order to meet the needs of the tours.Go Back