Ancient village Huangling will be hosting the second China (Huangling) Shaiqiu Culture Festival on July 9 by the ancient stage, highlighting the unique local folk tradition of shaiqiu, or “crop dry in mid-air” through a series of activities and performances.
Huangling’s signature spectacle shaiqiu is a symbol of the village’s historic and cultural heritage. Throughout the year, villagers are sun drying harvests and produces like hot chili peppers, pumpkin slices and chrysanthemum flowers in bamboo baskets on roofs across Huangling to preserve the foods.
Hailed as China’s most beautiful countryside in China, Huangling’s signature spectacle shaiqiu is a symbol of the village’s historic and cultural heritage. Throughout the year, villagers sun dry harvests and produce like hot chili peppers, pumpkin slices and chrysanthemum flowers in bamboo baskets on roofs across Huangling to preserve the foods.
“The folk tradition shaiqiu is a very local phenomenon originated when the villagers had to use the roofs and windowsills to dry basketfuls of produces in the sun, the layered view of the vibrant colors is a strong contrast to the Hui-style architecture, and we aim to present the well-preserved shaiqiu to more visitors from around the world through the annual festival,” said Wu Xiangyang, CEO of Wuyuan Rural Culture Development Co., Ltd.
On July 9, the villagers in Huangling are taking the folk tradition to another level by arranging the vegetables and fruits creatively in different shapes and patterns. They will also be performing winnowing for visitors, which is an important step of the shaiqiuprocess. Renowned folk experts and scholars in China will be explaining the cultural meanings of shaiqiu to visitors in Huangling.
The day of the festival marks the 6th day of the 6th month on the Chinese lunar calendar, which is the traditional bathing and basking festival in China. Every family takes out clothes and shoes as well as chili peppers and vegetables to dry in the sun, because the humid weather of the rainy season at this time of the year can easily cause things to go moldy. In Huangling, the local residentsbring out kitchenware and old clothes to clean and dry under the sun as well.
A fashion show featuring traditional and folk costumes will be presented by the village girls on the 300-meter ancient Tianjie Street.
Huangling will also invite local artists to perform traditional Wuyuan folk songs including “Hometown” and “Song of Shaiqiu” to present an authentic countryside style concert.
In addition to inheriting the folk traditions and introducing shaiqiu to all visitors, the festival also marks the beginning of peak season of shaiqiu in Huangling.