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  • Child performers in traditional costume walk on stilts during the Shehuo Festival in Huaxian in Henan province on March 4. Traditionally, during the festival people would worship the God of the Earth for good harvests and praise the God of Fire for allowing them to cook. Photo: VCG_Gallery: Showing Off at the Shehuo Festival
     
     
    Child performers in traditional costume walk on stilts during the Shehuo Festival in Huaxian in Henan province on March 4. Traditionally, during the festival people would worship the God of the Earth for good harvests and praise the God of Fire for allowing them to cook. Photo: VCG
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Gallery: Showing Off at the Shehuo Festival

Shehuo Festival, which has its roots in the worship of gods representing earth and fire, fell on March 3 this year and lasted for three days. Revelers in Huaxian, China’s Henan province, dress up in elaborate costumes at the annual Huaxian Fair for a parade around the town.

03.07.2019
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Child performers in traditional costume walk on stilts during the Shehuo Festival in Huaxian in Henan province on March 4. Traditionally, during the festival people would worship the God of the Earth for good harvests and praise the God of Fire for allowing them to cook. Photo: VCG
Parents help the their children prepare for the parade in Huaxian on March 4. Photo: VCG
A performer sits in a dragon carriage during the parade in Huaxian on March 5. Photo: VCG
A local performer pretends to smoke a pipe during the parade in Huaxian on March 4. Photo: VCG
A local band play suona, a traditional horn, in Huaxian on March 4. Photo: VCG
A makeup artist applies makeup to the face of a child performer in Huaxian on March 4. Photo: VCG
A performer in the costume of door god stands at the gate of a house in Huaxian on March 4. Photo: VCG
A crowd surrounds a performer during the opening ceremony of the Huaxian Fair on March 3. Photo: VCG

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Gallery: Showing Off at the Shehuo Festival