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2017年05月15日 星期一
Celebrating deity’ sbirthday at Shilu
  The800-year-old folk festival,“Ga-shen-xian”,was held in Shilu Business Area fromMay7to9,as folklore of Suzhou said Lyu Dongbing,a Taoist deity,was born on the14th day of the fourth month in the lu-nar calendar(falling onMay9this year).
  The ‘ deity parade’ is one of the most welcomed activities during the celebra-tion.This year,there were98people par-ticipating in the performance in the pa-rade,which set a record in the number of performances in previous years.Apart from the permanent performs of Lyu Dongbing and his seven ‘ colleague’ dei-ties,‘ big head mask’ dance,waist drums performance,clam shell dance and boat dance,this year there were newfaces add-ed,providing Tai Chi sword,flower fairies,andlittle monkperformances.
  Chinese herbal medicine was promoted during the celebration:famous doctors of-fered free treatment on the site,specialists gave instructions on applying traditional herbal medicine,and a display of herbal medicine bonsais.
  This year,there was an interesting on-line polling before the festival,involving nearly200,000people,to decide the hy-drangea to be ‘ the flower of the deity’ and eight local dishes to form‘ the banquet of the deity’.Pots of hydrangea were thus displayed along the roads in Shilu area fromMay7.
  The bonsai sale during the festival was also popular.“Last year our pot plants sold very well,so this year,we brought more species for the festival,covering flowers,leafy plants,and succulent plants.The price ranged from several yuan to several hundred yuan.Many people bought our pot plants,”said Jin Yankang,a seller and resident froma neighboring community.
  The organizer of the festival provided apocket-sized guidebook ‘ Ga-shen-xian’this year,introducing the history and folk-lore of the festival,as well as sightseeing spots and fun places in surrounding areas.The book was sold at several spots in Shilu area,and the proceeds were donated to lo-cal childreninpoverty. (SuzhouDaily)
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