Three traditional festivals of Bulang Nationality
赕 (d) ǎ n) Buddha Festival is a religious festival of Bulang Nationality in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province. The specific time of the festival is uncertain, and the duration of the festival is different, but it is generally divided into three stages: "Fupa" (sending cassocks), "Futan" (big Fuk), "bawanni" (chanting scriptures). The duration of the whole festival is relatively long.
Fupa is held once a year, usually in January of the Dai calendar. The specific date is determined by the Buddha and the leader. After determining the date of Fupa, Zhao man and Xiang inform each household, and each household gives one to two feet of cloth to the head. Some villages have to kill several pigs to kill the Buddha, and then the head man will send the cassock to each Buddhist temple according to the number of Buddha and monk. Generally, there is one young monk in every four families and one big Buddha in every eight families, and the rest will be given to the head man to enjoy;
Tan Tan is held two to three times a year, and the specific time is still determined by the Buddha and the leader. The rich households or leaders in the stronghold bear the responsibility for cooking. Each household pays for rice. The whole stronghold wants to kill pigs and cattle. The Great Buddha reads the 'Netric' Sutra. People go to the Buddhist temple to pray for blessings, listen to the Sutra and eat a few meals. Activities generally last for three days. At that time, fireworks and firecrackers will be set off, elephant feet will be danced, and 'sun Mingdeng' will be set off at night. No productive labor is allowed within three days;
The specific time is uncertain. The activity is undertaken by the rich households and the most prestigious leaders in several villages to offer Buddha. At that time, scriptures will be delivered. The Scriptures delivered are vissandra, a total of 13. The elderly in all villages will go to listen to the Scriptures. Young men and women get together, jump like feet, and fire artillery. The activity generally lasts for three days, during which production and labor shall be stopped.
It is also called "Luoluo" and "Shila", which means "Luoluo" in Braun language. It is a folk festival of Braun nationality in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province. It is held every October of the Dai calendar for two days. The main activities of bushra are to offer sacrifices to the dead of all families and stop production during the festival. On the first day, each household asked the Buddha and monks to write the names of their dead parents, brothers and children in Dai on the plantain leaves. The steamed pork was divided into four small bags and sent to the cemetery, zhaitou, zhaixin and Buddhist temple. The next day, each household sent the prepared clothes, skirts, trousers, Baotou and some rice to the Buddhist temple. This ceremony is called 'shoushila' in brown language, that is, it is for the dead to eat. That night, the givers lived in the Buddhist temple, hoping to meet their dead relatives in their dreams.
The Bulang religious festival in Menghai County, Yunnan Province is held on August 15 of the Dai calendar every year. It is said that the day is the anniversary of Buddha's death. On this day, the monks in the Bulang Buddhist temple will read the "vishendara" (i.e. the Buddhist sutra). People have donated money and things to the temple to commemorate and pray for the blessing of the Buddha.
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