Torching evil, July 23

23 Jul 2014

The Yi ethnic group’s annual torch festival ended yesterday. The three-day festival starts on the 24th day of the sixth lunar month, when the handle of the Big Dipper turns upward, with torches being lit at night to expel evil and pray for prosperity. Masked performances, various swing games, wrestling, bull fighting, dancing and horse racing are among the traditional festival activities. Photographers from ImagineChina, Xinhua and China Foto Press captured the celebrations in Guizhou, Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, where the 6.6 million Yi live.