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Qinglong Festival cultural activity held in Dongcheng District

  February 2 in lunar calendar commonly known as Qinglong Festival is China’s traditional festival when dragon rises according to the legend. According to the folktale popular in China especially in Beijing, hair cutting is forbidden in lunar January, so all the adults and children prefer making their hair cut on this day, meaning refreshing dragon head to become distinguished and predict good luck.

  In order to commemorate traditional festival and hand down intangible cultural heritage, Dongcheng District Cultural Committee, Beijing Tianjie Group Co. Ltd., Dongcheng District intangible cultural heritage protection center, the unit for conservation of intangible cultural heritage of “traditional barber skills”, and Silian Beauty Salon Limited Liability Company held “Dragon Rising Culture Festival for celebration of Spring Festival and Good Luck” in front of Silian Wangfujing branch.

  This Cultural Festival supported by Dongcheng District Second Museum with its collective cultural performances, is composed of three parts: classical charm, old memories and current trend. The development process of traditional hairstyles was shown in the form of dances performed by entertainers with typical hairstyles popular in the Han and Tang Dynasties, the Ming and Qing Dynasties and contemporary times. The amazing performance reminded the audiences of old memories and continuously encouraged bursts of applause. The allegro works Silian Hair Beautification for Head Refreshing and intangible cultural heritage program Comb Making were breathtaking. Cao Difei, a host from Beijing TV was invited to host the activity and interacted with the audience.

  After the show, many of the audiences visited Silian for hair cutting and appreciate the atmosphere of traditional festivals and the charm of intangible cultural heritage. Qinglong Festival held for consecutive years is the only activity in Dongcheng District and Beijing during the holiday, and it has won wide high praise from all circles of the society.