Sea Sacrifice Festival of Tianheng in Jimo, Shandong Province

March 07, 2014 - FOLKLORE TOUR - Post by: WfpaEdit

The Sea Sacrifice Festival in Tianheng Township of Jimo City, Shandong Province enjoys a history of over 500 years. It is the largest and most famous festival of offering sacrifice to the sea in North China. This distinctive folk festival originates from the traditional ritual performed by fishermen, who intended to pray for blessing and safety from the God of the Sea. But now people celebrate this festival to express their aspiration for a wonderful life.

The festival will fall on March 15 and March 16 this year. During the festival, steam buns in different shapes will be made by women and sacrificial animals, including pigs, roosters and weevers will be prepared by men. On the day of the ritual, the fisherfolk will place their sacrifices with each boat as a unit on the shore in front of the Temple of Dragon King. Besides, they will sort out the yellow sacrificial paper, get the censer in place and lift over a thousand firecrackers high in the sky. This year, the ritual will be held in Huanglongzhuang Village and Zhougezhuang Village respectively. After the ceremony, Yangko, drum and Peking opera will be performed by the folks, and in the evening theme gala will be held.

Tianheng Facts

Location: East of Jimo City, Shandong Province, China

Terrain: Coast

Climate: Warm and Moist

Stations: Qingdao Railway Station, Jimo Bus Station

 

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