05 Aug '11, 11am

Breast-Touching Festival begins in China

The Chinese have entered the seventh month of the Lunar calendar, known as the Hungry Ghost month, which began July 31. This period is considered unlucky for many Chinese as they believe that the ghosts are allowed to return to the human realm as the Hell Gate opens throughout the month. While the Buddhists and Taoists prepare offerings for the homeless ghosts, a minority tribe in China have their own interesting celebration. The Yi people in Ejia town of Yunnan province, those who are still single, will head to the streets for Breast-Touching Festival on the 14th, 15th and 16th days of the month. On these days, the men are welcome to touch the women's breasts. Legend has it that the festival began around the Sui Dynasty (AD 581 ? 619) when most of the teenagers of the Yi tribe were forced into the army and died in wars. The people then carried out prayers to commemorate t...

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  1. 06 Aug '11, 12am

    GUYS, where are you going for holiday this 7th month?

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