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    Posted October 19, 2012 by
    Dali, Yunnan Province, China
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Life in China

    Yi Torch Festival


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     packardphoto captured these colorful photos of the Torch Festival in Weishan on August 5, 2010, and says the experience was simply amazing. Describing the mood of the day as exciting, peaceful and welcoming. "My friend who was from Weishan told me it was a great place to go, so my husband and I went there for the festival. As we walked down the central street, locals with a flammable powder would throw this powder at your feet, it was not dangerous or painful. The powder turned flame would go out almost instantly," she says. "Everyone was laughing and smiling. Once all the torches were burned down to almost nothing, people gathered at the main gate and started lighting lanterns to send off into the night sky. All the chaos of the torches was replaced by a calm of sending wishes through the lanterns."
    - Anika3, CNN iReport producer

    Every year around August the Yi people of Yunnan province celebrate the Torch Festival. The Torch Festival in the small town of Weishan is a 3 day festival with Yi people from different areas of Yunnan coming together and dancing in the central square, showing off their different clothes and traditions. When night falls, fireworks begin to start the lighting of the torches and people walk up and down old town with their torches lit. After the fire subsides, Chinese lanterns are launched into the night sky.
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