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Lamp Festival in Jiuzhaigou

Butter lampLamp Festival is to commemorate the death of Tsongkhapa, the Buddhist reformer and the founder of the Gelug Sect of Buddhism. On this day every temple of the sect and every pastoralist in nearby villages should come to the altar inside and outside the monastery, or the sutra recitation hall at home to pray and sing sutra. The butter lamps are lit in these places day and night. On the day people wear their best clothing, and gather in the front of the temple, listening the masters'chanting and praying. And then men of the village ride horses, take prepared pine branches to the tower of the God before villages, in which a grand ceremony is held. Men and women throw flags printed with lions, tigers and dragons into the sky and dance Guozhuang dance (the local dance); the aged sit on the stands drinking and chatting.

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