By Afra Jin/HelloSanya
The 15th China Sanya February Second Festival, South Sea Benediction Ceremony was held On March 8th. Organizers told us that to better transfer and inherit the Dragon Culture and promote the brand image of the festival, this year they combined traditional culture with many modern elements.
An opening ceremony, benediction ceremony, gourmet carnival and a wide range of thematic activities were organized. At the Dragon Gourmet Carnival，the park offered the public diverse traditional food and snacks that can only be found in Hainan. These snacks include dragon ears, dragon eyes, dragon whiskers and even dragon scales!
The Hainan Traditional Intangible Cultural Heritage Performance Show was the highlight of the event.
The performance included greeting the Dragon King，gun salute，settling the Dragon King，readings，worshipping the Dragon King，dance ceremony，setting life free ritual and seeing off the Dragon King. The South Sea Benediction Ceremony showed the rituals that were held on February Second in ancient times. It demonstrated that Chinese people have worshiped the dragon throughout history in order to avoid drought and pray for the upcoming harvest. Thanks to the ceremony, visitors were able to get a better understanding of “February Second" and its traditional customs
During the 3-day February Second celebration Dongtian Park is offering tickets at a discounted rate of 38 RMB. By following their official WeChat account you stand the chance to win a free ticket！
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