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The Changlong (Long-Dragon) Banquet of the Hani people (Part One) 14/3

In the Hani language, "Habo" means a mountain village surrounded by bamboo groves. Habo Village has retained its festive tradition for generations, and its Long-Dragon Banquet is the largest of its kind and the most representative culture of the Hani people in Yuanyang County and the Hani and Yi Prefecture in Honghe.

Around the time of China's Spring Festival, the Hanis celebrate the Yangmatu Festival in honor of their heroes and pray for the union of the Hani people and good harvests. The festival usually lasts for three days, when the locals participate in sacrificial ceremonies in the center of the village and enjoy food at a grand banquet in the middle of the street. The villagers are more than happy to welcome visitors to join them.

All family members reunite during this time, dressing up in their best clothes and rolling out their best dishes to share with neighbors at the street banquet.

1) Dragon Head
The first table of the banquet sits the “Dragon Head”. He is a respected elder member of the village stringently and democratically elected every year. He must be Mr. Clean with no record of death in the family, not divorce, must have offspring, no dispute with neighbors and quarrying with wife!!! for the previous year.

Before the feast begins they have to offer the “Dragon Head”. As you can see the mountains of foods pilling on the tablet before he declares the feast begins.

2) Dragon Tail
The “Dragon Tail is anchored by the elderly and respected women, young lady are not allowed to join the banquet except for visitors.

3) Visitors
Visitors are “Most Welcome” to join in their feast, the host of the table will serve them wine and lots of foods the banquet continue for 3 days.


Every household will contribute voluntary at least a tablet of food. The banquet can have more than 300 tables and 300 meters in length. Hence the Name Long Dragon Banquet


To be continued

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  • Copyright: Tony Mok (TMLH) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 102 N: 458] (2496)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-01-13
  • Categories: Festivals
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2006-03-14 5:16
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