Friday, February 20, 2009

Water Festival

IMG_4163, originally uploaded by yellojkt.

The Dai dancing show at the Ethnic Minorities Park in Beijing ends with a recreation of a water festival similar to those performed in Thailand. All the performers chase each other around splashing each other with buckets of water. It looks like great fun for hot summer days.

Leaf Whistling

P1000803, originally uploaded by yellojkt.

One of the segments of the Dai dancing show is demonstrating the use of a leaf as a whistle. This type of music was also featured by other groups in the Ethnic Minorities Park in Beijing.

Tiny Dancer

IMG_4126, originally uploaded by yellojkt.

At the Ethnic Minorities Park in Beijing, one of the dance troupes performs dances very similar to those done in Thailand in front of a large replica of a Buddhist temple similar to those found in that region.

Thai-Style Dancers

The Ethnic Minorities Park in Beijing features native costumes, culture, and dances of the various non-Han groups that live within China. This group, the Dai, are from the southern region of China near the border with Thailand. The costumes and dancing style closely resemble that of their neighbor to the south.