Officials hold a press conference on the 2016 Guangyuan Daughters' Festival, on August 10 in Beijing. [gyxww.cn]
The 2016 Guangyuan Daughters' Festival will kick off on September 1 in the city in southwest China's Sichuan Province, officials have announced.
Speaking at a press conference in Beijing, organizers said many special activities are being prepared for the festive occasion. A women's high-level summit and a shopping carnival are scheduled, coupled with concerts and performances.
Inspirational households from the province will also be honored with the title of Most Beautiful Family.
Women will be entitled to free tours of scenic spots in Guangyuan during the festival. Furthermore, a dramatic "phoenix" boat race will be held to promote the traditional water sport. In Chinese culture, the dragon is a male symbol whilst the phoenix denotes women.
The festival is said to originate from China's only female sovereign, Empress Wu Zetian (624-705). Legend has it that the monarch was miraculously conceived after her mother encountered a black dragon when sightseeing along a river. The empress was born on January 23 in the lunar calendar, and it has since become a custom for local women to stroll along rivers for good luck on that day.
In 1988, the city's government named the occasion Daughters' Festival and decided to celebrate it on September 1 each year.
This year's event is jointly organized by local government authorities, Sichuan Women's Federation, China Women's Development Foundation and China Women's News.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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