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Thousands of people rejoice in SW China's Torch Festival activities

2010-08-06 07:57:36 GMT2010-08-06 15:57:36 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Thousands of local people and tourists take part in the annual Torch Festival activities in Nanjian County of Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Aug. 5, 2010. The Torch Festival falls on the 24th day of the sixth Chinese lunar month. On and around the festival, people of Yi ethnic group gather together and participate in various activities, such as shopping in the open market fair, bull fighting, dancing, and a firework display. It is also a good opportunity for young men and women to meet their prospective spouses. (Xinhua/Shi Zhihong)

Thousands of people rejoice around a big torch in Xizhou County of Dali Bai Autonomous prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province, during the Torch Festival on Aug. 5, 2010. The Torch Festival of Bai ethnic group falls on the 25th day of the sixth Chinese lunar month. On and around the festival, people of Bai ethnic group gather together and participate in various activities, such as shopping in the open market fair, bull fighting, dancing, and a firework display. It is also a good opportunity for young men and women to meet their prospective spouses. (Xinhua/Chen Haining)

A Bimo plays torch during the Torch Festival in Nanjian County of Dali Bai Autonomous prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Aug. 5, 2010. Bimo, the ritualist of Yi ethnic group, takes the responsibilities for hosting religious rituals, and is the most educated group in traditional Yi society. The Torch Festival of Yi ethnic group falls on the 24th day of the sixth Chinese lunar month. On and around the festival, people of Yi ethnic group gather together and participate in various activities, such as shopping in the open market fair, bull fighting, dancing, and a firework display. It is also a good opportunity for young men and women to meet their prospective spouses. (Xinhua/Shi Zhihong)

Tourists light torches in Xizhou County of Dali Bai Autonomous prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province, during the Torch Festival on Aug. 5, 2010. The Torch Festival of Bai ethnic group falls on the 25th day of the sixth Chinese lunar month. On and around the festival, people of Bai ethnic group gather together and participate in various activities, such as shopping in the open market fair, bull fighting, dancing, and a firework display. It is also a good opportunity for young men and women to meet their prospective spouses. (Xinhua/Chen Haining)

Photo taken on Aug. 4, 2010 shows a girl in traditional costumes of Yi ethnic group during the Torch Festival at the Torch Square in Xichang, southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Torch Festival of Yi ethnic group falls on the 24th day of the sixth Chinese lunar month. On and around the festival, people of Yi ethnic group gather together and participate in various activities, such as shopping in the open market fair, bull fighting, dancing, and a firework display. It is also a good opportunity for young men and women to meet their prospective spouses. (Xinhua/Li Qiaoqiao)

Thousands of local people and tourists take part in the annual Torch Festival activities in Nanjian County of Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Aug. 5, 2010. The Torch Festival falls on the 24th day of the sixth Chinese lunar month. On and around the festival, people of Yi ethnic group gather together and participate in various activities, such as shopping in the open market fair, bull fighting, dancing, and a firework display. It is also a good opportunity for young men and women to meet their prospective spouses.

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