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Smear your body with mud in Monihei Carnival

2011-05-02 16:40:10 GMT2011-05-03 00:40:10(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A woman smiles at Monihei Carnival ("making you black"), a mud smearing carnival of age-old Wa ethnic group in Cangyuan county, Southwest China's Yunnan province, May 2, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Revelers take part in Monihei Carnival of the Wa ethnic group in Cangyuan, southwest China's Yunnan province, May 2, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

A man is covered with mud at Monihei Carnival in Cangyuan county, Southwest China's Yunnan province, May 2, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Revelers pose for a photo at Monihei Carnival of the Wa ethnic group in Cangyuan, southwest China's Yunnan province, May 2, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

People enjoyed themselves during the Monihei Carnival ("making you black"), a mud smearing carnival of age-old Wa ethnic group in Cangyuan county, Southwest China's Yunnan province, May 2, 2011.

It is said this festival takes its meaning from the custom that the people smear the pot ash, ox blood and mud on other persons' face to frighten the evils and seek peace.

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