Horse Racing Festival
Horse Racing is a traditional Festival in
Huarui Tibetan area held in every August.
The Festival was originally held in memory
of the thirteen heroes died for protecting
the tribe. Before the starting og th ceremony,
guns will fire thirteen times to show respect
to these thirteen heroes.
There is a story about how horse racing came
into being. Long time ago in August, when
the leader of the Huarui Tribe took his soldiers
out, the enemies invaded the tribe. Only thirteen
survived and were surrounded by the enemies
under the Mao Mao Mountain. They needed the
help from far away. An 18 years old young
man named Luo Sang made a decision to rush
out and give the letter to the tribe leader.
Luo Sang feeded his horse with three Zanba(a
kind of flour food) and jumped to the back
of the horse. Lots of enemies' arrows shoot
to him and he was injured. The horse ran to
the river quickly and at last cast off the
enemies. But the horse and these thirteen
heroes died at last.
The leader of Huarui Tribe took 20,000 soldiers
and drove out the invaders.
To in memory of these thirteen heroes, in
each August, Tibetans will hold horse racing
in Tianzhu. Each competition in Horse Racing
Festival, top thirteen winners will get prizes.
A respectable senior or Lama will give a piece
of Hada and three glasses of wine to the winners.