The Golden Horse Festival in Seda County

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The Golden Horse Festival is a grand festival for the herdsmen to worship the gods on May 4th of the Tibetan ...

The Golden Horse Festival is a grand festival for the herdsmen to worship the gods on May 4th of the Tibetan calendar. Every year on the May 4th of the Tibetan calendar year, the herdsmen of Seda county printed the Buddhist     Scriptures on the various colored cloths, and decorated the flags with white, red, yellow and green blue strips. The man adorns the rifle on his own gun rack and hangs a small bag for the incense alter. The bag contains zanba, butter, tea, black and white fried highland barley, cereals, Tibetan cheese, ginseng fruit, and Jabuticaba powder mix together    as offerings and then ride horses to the festival venue. When people gathered on the mountain or the place of the sacrificial ceremony from different regions, the local living Buddhas and monks began to hold a grand incense burning ceremony to support local god, the herdsmen scattered the offerings inthe burnt incense. Shout "Gai! Suo!" and pray.

  After the incense ceremony, men ride horses to the top of the mountain with religious flag and place their own prayer flags and sing the chanting from religioustexts. At night, the herdsmen set up tents in the mountain or near the grass dam, while the women dressed up to serve meat, butter, cheese cake and fresh milk,cheese and so on. The next day, the young herdsmen also carried out horse racingactivities.

 

  In 1913, after the 52-meter-high Mara-tarjana Tower was built in the GuiGengtanggrassland, it became the center of the festival. The herdsmen, no matter if theylive far or near, must come to participate in the activities here. It is said that a horse-shaped gold nugget has been dug up from the grasslands of Guigenggtang. For this reason, people changed the name of the festival to the "Golden Horse Festival".

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