Xo Dang people celebrate new rice season
Every year in the tenth lunar month, Xo Dang ethnic people start harvesting nice and celebrate new rice season festival.
Families are busy with decorating their houses to welcome the God of Rice from their fields to the houses. In the early morning, villagers preparing offerings for the God
After storing rice in their granaries, villagers prepared offerings to the God, including wine, rice, meat, and bamboo poles containing water.
The village’s head is the first person to enter the communal house to prepare for the ritual alone. Then villagers arranged the offerings to start the harvest festival.
After praying for health and prosperity, the villagers together taste newly-harvested rice, drink wine, and join mass dancing and gong performances.
An old woman winnowing new rice after harvest
In the early morning, villagers preparing offerings for the God
Carrying offerings to the village’s river wharf
The village’s head carrying a bunch of newly-harvested rice to the communal house to prepare for the ceremony
A young woman filling water into a bamboo pole
Splashing water around the granary to pray for good health for the God of Rice
Villagers enjoying wine to celebrate harvest festival