Enchanting Customs and Diversified Culture (2)

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Open-air Amusement Gatherings on Lantern Festival

Open-air Amusement Gatherings on Lantern Festival is an old traditional custom, popular among the masses, recorded as early as the Ming Dynasty in Annals of Longqing. After hundreds of years of inheritance, this custom still enjoys great, special popularity in Yanqing. When it comes to the Lantern Festival, all organizations of amusement activities would gather together to perform in the most prosperous and bustling local block, celebrating the holiday with wild excitement. After a short break during the “Cultural Revolution”, the Yanqing County resumed the custom in the late 1970s, which has continued until now. In the current Open-air Amusement Gatherings on Lantern Festival, the most characteristic programs around the county would be selected after several rounds under the unified organization of the local county government every year prior to the Lantern Festival, and will be performed at a fixed area in the county on the Lantern Festival. This activity attracts tens of thousands of visitors inside and outside the county every year, and has become a traditional folk festival, with the most participants, wide popularity and entertainment.

Legends of Badaling Great Wall

Legends of Badaling Great Wall is a literary epitome of folk allusions of the Great Wall in Yanqing, listed in the National Intangible Cultural Heritages in June 2008. The generation and spread of the folk legends are always closely related to the over two-thousand-year-long history of the architecture and development of the Great Wall, with a profound cultural background in Yanqing. These folk legends mainly spread in villages along the Great Wall in Yanqing, with a wide range of genres of legend in history, myth, scenery, custom and supernatural powers, involving themes of the Great Wall, the local conditions and customs along the Great Wall, and the cultural beliefs inside and outside the Great Wall, which have fully reflected the culture connotation of the Great Wall in Yanqing. Its inheritance and development are conducive to the preservation of a large amount of original literary elements, with prominent dialect features, rich regionalism, making the folk legends an important part of the Great Wall culture.

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