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Festivals of the Hui People

Festival of Fast-Breaking

The fast month falls on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. In this month, people take their meals before dawn and will not eat any thing the whole day until sunset. The first of the tenth month (on Islamic calendar) is the fast-breaking festival. During the day, all the people, men and women, old and young, will take a bath, and be dressed in their holiday attire, jubilantly going to a mosque. They may visit their relatives, or neighbors in the community. Every household will prepare traditional food full of ethnic feature and local flavor.

Corban Festival


Corban is also known as "livestock slaughtering festival', taking place 70 days after breaking fast. It falls on the 10th of the month of Dul hajah. It is because the first ten days of the month of Dul hajah every year are scheduled for pilgrimage to Mecca and the 10th of the month is the last day of pilgrimage, on which celebration activities will take Place. Muslims will be full of joy in best dress, and go to mosques to get together. The ritual ceremony is unique. If condition permits, each person will slaughter a sheep, and seven people slaughter jointly a cow or a camel. And then they divide the meat into three parts, one for oneself, one for guests, and the third part for donation or charity. After the ceremony, people begin to visit their relatives and friends.

The Memorial Day for the Saint

On the 12th of the third month calendar, Mohammed, the founder of Mohammedanism, was born. Muslims attach much importance to the birthday for memorizing the saint and praising his virtues and remembering his teachings forever. On this day, they will chant Islamic scripture, praising the saint and giving account of his merits. They will also hold a dinner party, usually known as "a sacred get-together". The legend goes that Mohammed died on the same day, so it is also called "the anniversary of the death of the saint." Tourism Festivals

Tourism Festivals

China Ningxia Great Desert and Yellow River International Tourism Festival


It is an international tourism festival sponsored jointly by the National Tourism Administration and the People's Government of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. First launched in 2000, the festival has taken place for two times. The festival will take place from the 10th to 20th of July every year. The purpose of the festival is to display the custom and way of life of the people of Ningxia to tourists at home and abroad and to promote the prosperity and development of its economy.

China, Yinchuan International Motorcycle Tourism Festival

It is an international grand festival jointly sponsored by the People's Government of Yinchuan City and the Tourism Administration and Sports Administration of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and China Motorcycle Sports Society. It will take place from the 16th to 22nd of June every year. More than 100,000 people including motorists, businessmen and tourists will take part in. With its grand spectacle, it is called "the most exciting motorcycle game in Asia."

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