"The country is peaceful and the people are safe, the weather is good, and the auspicious dragons are riding..." As the Lantern Festival approaches, a first-month board dragon dance event is held in Yunhe County, Lishui City, Zhejiang Province. Local people wave the board dragons to celebrate the Lantern Festival and express their best wishes for the new year.

Yunhe Banlong Dance has a long history, which can be traced back to the late Yuan Dynasty and early Ming Dynasty, and has a history of more than 700 years.

According to tradition, Yunhe Banlong lights up the lanterns on the 13th day of the first lunar month and puts them down on the 15th day of the first lunar month.

This year's Lantern Festival, Yunhe has five dragons: "Floating Clouds Xianglong, Yuanhe Xianglong, Fenghuang Mountain Xianglong, Yunjing Xianglong, and Terraces Xianglong".

Among them, the "Floating Cloud Xianglong" was made by eight masters over 20 days. The entire dragon has 128 sections, including the head and tail, with a total length of more than 240 meters; the "Phoenix Xianglong" has 128 sections and is more than 300 meters long. , holding three dragon beads in its mouth, the left and right dragon claws respectively read "good weather, peace and prosperity"; "Terrace Xianglong" has more than 120 sections in total, the dragon head is more than 2 meters high, the dragon scale pattern on the body is lifelike, and the image is very powerful...

In addition, this year, a total of four dragon coiling points have been set up in the local area. Wherever the auspicious dragon goes, there are crowds of people and loud gongs and drums.

At each dragon coiling point, the auspicious dragon team changes into the "hui" formation. The dragon body is as flexible as water, showing the posture of a flying dragon ascending to the sky or a lurking dragon emerging from the sea.

When the dragon is coiling, the dragon's head will also emit sparks, which fully demonstrates the charm of the dragon.

The picture shows the scene of Yunhe Banlong Dance activity.

[Editor: Cao Miaoxin]