QILIN DANCE – A CULTURAL CHARM OF MID – AUTUMN FESTIVAL

  • Namthilanguage
  • 07/10/2020

Qilin dance, performed along with thrilling drumbeats, is a popular activity during lantern parades in Mid-Autumn Festival, held in Lunar August. The dance is claimed to originate from the story of the Happy Buddha descending to tame the Qilin and protect local people. The appearance of the Qilin brought good harvest and prosperity as well as drove off evil spirits.

On every Lunar August’s full moon, in certain places, people still re-enact the story through Qilin dance, with the beast being accompanied by Địa god (the spirit of the Earth) holding an areca spathe fan and leading the Qilin around the neighborhood to give blessings to people. Therefore, the Qilin heads are normally decorated with vibrant colours, fur, and lively eyes.

These days, apart from colourful lanterns, small Qilin heads are also given as gifts to children because they enjoy carrying them and portable drums while hanging out with their friends during Mid-Autumn Festival.
(This description is compiled from varied sources)

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