Traditional festival of the Han nationality - Shangsi Festival


The Shangsi Festival has a long history. In ancient times, Shangsi has become a large-scale folk festival. When spring comes and the scenery is bright, people go out of their homes and gather at the waterside to hold omens and purification rituals.

After the Wei and Jin Dynasties, due to the social custom of advocating nature and indulging in mountains and rivers at that time, for people, the significance of purification during the Shangsi   Festival was greatly weakened, while the meaning of enjoying the Spring Festival became more and more intense.

In the Tang Dynasty, Shangsi became one of the grand festivals at that time. In addition to the festival, the main contents of the festival include spring outings and feasting by the water.

After the Song Dynasty, the Shangsi Festival on March 3 suddenly disappeared in the north and was not recorded in documents, but it was still spread in some southwestern parts of the south.

March 3rd is also called Daughter's Day, also known as "Peach Blossom Festival". It is an adult ceremony for ancient Han girls. Generally, the adult ceremony "hairpin ceremony" is held on this day. The daughters "have fun in spring", walking by the water, playing with orchids by the water, wearing beautiful clothes, singing and dancing to drive away evil spirits. And women love playing by the water most in spring.