Have you ever heard of Wan ‘an’s “Children’s Lantern Festival”?It was a real eye-opener

2022-06-06 0 By

During the Lantern Festival, besides yuanxiao singing boats, there is also an indispensable festival culture for local people – the “Erlang Lantern Festival”.Wan ‘an “Erlang Lantern Festival” is an ancient folk culture activity in Wan ‘an County, Jiangxi Province, which originated in the Tang and Song dynasties and has a history of more than one thousand years.Qing Tongzhi “Wan ‘an County annals · customs” has been recorded: “Yuanxiao……Baijia, yaotou two cities, since the 13th, the so-called ‘shipment’, wearing robes and boots, wearing god’s head parade, each temple boating three times, extremely lively.And especially the children’s lamps in the city, each god protecting lamp advocates often dozens of people, using vegetable, must fast, to pray for god’s blessing…”Wan ‘an county has a profound Cultural heritage of Taoism, the “Erlang Lantern Festival” has a strong cultural color of Taoism, it gradually improved with the development of folk belief activities, to the Tang and Song period basically finalized, Ming and Qing dynasty has reached its peak.The Lantern Festival is mainly centered on honghai Boy, Li Jing, Nezha, Mu Zha, Jin Zha, Yang Jian, Wetuo and Lei Zhenzi, the eight “children’s gods”, to carry out sacrifices, prayers, trade and other activities, expressing people’s desire for a happy life, praying for peace and prosperity of the country and people, prosperity of grain, prosperity of people and wealth, and peace in the waters of ganjiang River.Wan ‘an “Erlang Lantern Festival” is held during the Lantern Festival every year, the activity is large, the number of participants is large, and the activity forms are diverse, every time to carry out the activity, people from all over the county and surrounding counties and cities gathered in Wan ‘an county to watch, extremely lively.In 2012, the folk custom “Erlang Lantern Festival” was listed in the intangible cultural heritage protection list of Jiangxi Province.”Erlang Lantern Club” activities are divided into worship altar, altar, altar three components.Worship altar, the local people also called please God, altar set in wan ‘an county guanlan gate near the edge of the Ganjiang River.The ceremony includes setting up a sacred stage, laying three sacrifices, reading the proclamation, kneeling three times and bowing nine times, lighting incense and firing cannons.Out of the altar, commonly known as you god, there is a local saying called “cross the street during the day, worship temple at night.”The tour route starts from the altar near mission Hills Gate and enters the city via the West gate. Then the north gate crosses the bridge to the east Gate and finally returns to the altar at the south gate.During the day, the “King of Health” rides on horseback to open the way, followed by eight “Children’s god” rides on horseback. In front of each horse are two guides holding palace lanterns, and around each child’s god are two horse guards holding ropes and six guards holding cloth fans to fend off firecrackers. There is also a playing band.You god team dressed up different, colorful flags hunting, majestic, where every household will burn firecrackers to meet it, meaning to meet god receive blessing.There are also colorful folk art performances, such as “story lifting”, “lantern beating”, “flower boat”, “Clam shell beating”, “flower basket”, “flower stick”, “fireworks” and “walking on stilts”.Every time he went to a popular place, he stayed and performed.”Eat eight dishes of eight in the first half of the night, and eat rice soup in the second half of the night,” describes a folk saying of wandering the spirit on the 15th night of the first lunar month.Children are dressed up by boys the first half of the night and adults the second.In the evening, fireworks and temple worship were added to the activities of the day.Accept the altar and send it to God.The time is the morning of the 16th day of the first lunar month.When you receive the altar, to choose a good at riding archery people dress up as “lai ye god” armed with bows and arrows, it to the altar by the elder threw a ball to over an altar, “lai ye god” will into the gan with bows and arrows, and the activities of some products to get the ashes of gan river edge, its implied meaning be ashes will all the bad things, follow the gan river water.At the same time, the host made praise words: in the sky to heaven, in the ground to the ground, in the water to the water, in the altar to the altar, please a god in his position.After the altar acceptance ceremony, the “Erlang God” mask will be packed into wooden boxes and placed on the “Erlang Temple” pedestal at the south gate of Wan ‘an for people to worship.The activity space of “Erlang Lantern Festival” relies on the “Erlang Temple” at the south gate to carry out religious activities and business activities, which has formed its fixed activity time for thousands of years.Worship of god, entertainment of god, entertainment of people and commerce are carried out throughout the “Erlang Lantern Fair” activities, among which worship of god is the source and main line of activities, and other activities are its extension. Compared with some temple fairs that have actually changed into material commodity exchanges, Wan ‘an still stubbornly preserves the authenticity of temple fair culture.