The Fire Dance Festival of the red Dao ethnic minority in Hoang Su Phi

The fire dance festival is a traditional festival of the Red Dao people in Hoang Su Phi. This is an extremely important festival, usually taking place on the occasion of the Lunar New Year. However, today, to serve tourists, the homestay in Hoang Su Phi also organizes a fire dance for visitors to experience.

Prepare before fire dance

The Red Dao have meticulously prepared for the fire dance. A priest arranged the food on a wooden table, the offerings included: 1 chicken, 2 handfuls of non-glutinous rice, 5 cups of wine, 2 palm trees, and offering paper.

Prepare before fire dance

Before jumping the fire, the priest will do the sacrifice alone for a long time. The offering is done in Dao language. The worshiper continuously called for the ghost to prepare for the fire dance ceremony. The priest said that normally, a person who jumps the fire will have 30 ghosts to help, if the ghost agrees with the paper money on the table, the fire jumper will be protected when jumping the fire.

Proceed to jump fire

4 Red Dao boys in their traditional costumes step into the seats, they stomp their feet hard on the ground, emanating the sound, their hands holding their thighs, after the sound of drums and gongs. uncle. In turn they jumped into the burning fire burning ahead.

The fire dance festival is a traditional festival of the Red Dao

I've watched so many videos of Red Dao's fire dance festival, I thought they had to wear a armor to jump into the burning fire ahead. But no, they just wore a red Dao shirt and plunged into the fire. They stomped their feet hard on the embers in front of them, some even picked them up in their hands. They plunged themselves into a sea of ​​fire, but they did not burn. That is shocked for me.

The fire dance festival is a traditional festival of the Red Dao

After jumping the fire, the fire jumpers were still intact, not burned anywhere on their bodies. The Red Dao said that when dancing, protected by the spirit, some supernatural force helped them walk on fire without being burnt.

Rules before jumping fire

However, the dance festival is a sacred festival. Fire-jumpers must be men and abstain from many things: do not have sex for at least 3 days, be clean, do not let clothes get greasy. If you do not comply with the regulations, the fire jumper will definitely burn when entering the fire.

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The meaning of the fire dance festival

The Red Dao Fire Dance Festival is a festival to wish good luck and avoid the risks in life. Red Dao people is  wants to use the light of the fire to light the way and do business.

Prepare before fire dance

The fire dance festival is a traditional festival of the Red Dao. This is a festival that brings a lot of emotions for people to travel. The festival is regularly held at the homestay in Hoang Su Phi at the request of tourists.


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