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Oriental Valentine's Day opens in southwest China

(Xinhua)

08:54, April 06, 2012

GUIYANG, April 5 (Xinhua) -- The Sisters Festival, or Valentine's Day for the Miao ethnic minority in southwest China's Guizhou province, kicked off to the sound of Lusheng, a reed-pipe wind instrument, and drumbeats on Thursday.

The three-day fest used to be a dating occasion for young Miao people to find their Mr. or Mrs. Right, but now it is celebrated by more than just hopeful singles.

Wu Li, 34, is a mother of two kids, but she is also very excited about the festival in Taijiang county and got up at 5 a.m. to put on make-up and get ready for the parade.

"Our ethnic costumes and the silver accessories on the head weigh over 5 kgs, but they look so beautiful and I have fun dancing in them," Wu said.

Besides the parade, the Sisters Meal is a must during the festival. Young women make flower-shaped rice dumplings with keepsakes wrapped inside and serve them to the men they like, as the dumplings are shaped like flowers, so the festival is also known as the "Festival hidden in Flowers."

Taijiang county is home to 159,000 people, of which the Miao account for 98 percent.

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