Dong village¡¯s collective feast, unique custom of Dong Minority,Hunan

Editor:Sharon Lee
Source:english.rednet.cn
Updated:2014-03-05 14:46:08

(Golden light of dawn shine in the thin frost of a village of Dong Minority in Tongdao county , Hunan province, in the morning of the fourth day of the spring festival of the year 2014.  )

(The modest and hardworking people of Dong village always get up early working in their fields, doing their laundry and cooking. )

Poetic atmosphere rises as the slowly growing smoke puffing from their cooking strove, which adds the beautiful scenery with a mysterious veil. 
 
Through many Dong villages, people are seeing those special views so impressive by their stilts, drum towers and bridges. Walking along in the corridor of Dong culture, one seems to open a long piece of painting with the great harmony of people and land.
 
     ¡°Helong Yan¡±, a big feast meaning ¡°Collective feast¡±  is the distinguished feast custom for all Dong people to entertain guests. The Collective feast is set on an open field, so that more people can join the meal. Every family takes out their tables and planks making rows of long tables by joining the tables together.
 
    Villagers bring their homemade food by opening wine altars and take out with rice wine and since with liqueurs, and bubble wine. They bring their preserved dishes of fish and meat, cooked chicken, duck, pork, mutton and beef, with glutinous rice, and Ciba, to welcome their guests. At the Beginning of the banquet, one elder holds up their cups to make toast for welcoming guests, and he declares the opening of the feast. Drinking custom of Dong¡¯s wine has significant features of inviting guests drink several cups of wine in bamboo cup for one round by seven of eight hostesses all for one guest at a time, meaning that guests accept the hostility of Dong's toast.  There is no chance of keeping sober, so getting drunk is also a kind of happiness.

 

(Through many Dong villages, people are seeing those special views so impressive by their stilts, drum towers and bridges. Walking along in the corridor of Dong culture, one seems to open a long piece of painting with the great harmony of people and land)

(Through many Dong villages, people are seeing those special views so impressive by their stilts, drum towers and bridges. Walking along in the corridor of Dong culture, one seems to open a long piece of painting with the great harmony of people and land)

 

(Through many Dong villages, people are seeing those special views so impressive by their stilts, drum towers and bridges. Walking along in the corridor of Dong culture, one seems to open a long piece of painting with the great harmony of people and land)

(Through many Dong villages, people are seeing those special views so impressive by their stilts, drum towers and bridges. Walking along in the corridor of Dong culture, one seems to open a long piece of painting with the great harmony of people and land)

 

(Around noon, ¡°Helong Yan¡±, a big feast meaning ¡°Collective feast¡± opens, which is the distinguished feast custom for all Dong people to entertain guests. The Collective feast is set on a basketball field, so that more people will be in the meal. Every family takes out their tables and planks, and they made rows of long tables like dragons by join the tables together.)

 

(Around noon, ¡°Helong Yan¡±, a big feast meaning ¡°Collective feast¡± opens, which is the distinguished feast custom for all Dong people to entertain guests. The Collective feast is set on a basketball field, so that more people will be in the meal. Every family takes out their tables and planks, and they made rows of long tables like dragons by join the tables together.)

( Every family takes out their tables and planks, and they made rows of long tables like dragons by join the tables together.Villagers brought their homemade food by opening wine altars and take out with rice wine and since with liqueurs, and bubble wine. They bring their preserved dishes of fish and meat, cooked chicken, duck, pork, mutton beef, with glutinous rice, and Ciba, and Shaojiu to welcome their guests. At the Beginning of the Banquet, one elder holds up their cups to make toast for welcoming guests, and he declares the opening of the feast.)

 

( Drinking of Dong¡¯s wine has significant features in Dong nationality, which means generously drinking several cups of wine in bamboo cup for one round, which means to accept the hostility of Dong toasted by seven of eight hostesses all for one guest at a time. )

( Drinking of Dong¡¯s wine has significant features in Dong nationality, which means generously drinking several cups of wine in bamboo cup for one round, which means to accept the hostility of Dong toasted by seven of eight hostesses all for one guest at a time.  There is no chance of keeping sober, so getting drunk is also a kind of happiness. )

 

 

Translated by Sharon Lee, Photo and Story by Chen Minjie