A topic as it changes from season to season
- February -

In this place, almost all the people celebrate the New Year of the lunar calendar, but not the New Year of the solar calendar. The New Year in 2006 on the lunar calendar was to be on January 28th, but the bus terminal had begins to be crowed before about 1 week. The bus terminal of the west gate at the Chengdu is crowed by the people who returns to the autonomous prefecture of the minority race and the tourist who enjoys a New Year holidays. The bus taking them, cross the mountain pass over 4000m and heads for their native place. The official New Year holidays is 1 week, but the people who returns to the distance take 2 weeks holidays, and the people who live in the countryside rests for about 3 weeks because they do not do much business.
In the rGyalrong (rGyalmorong or Queen Valley) district where there is the Four Girls Mountains, there are many colonies what have old history and many functions what have been inherited from the ancient times by the rGyalrong Tibetan are hold at the New Year. In the first day of the New Year, they burn an oak leaf at the fireplace, offer a prayer of the Bon Sect (see footnote) and scatter the wheat paddy. After that, they going out to the small shrine nearby, burns incense, turn counterclockwise around small shrine many times, play to God and threw themselves. In the small shrine, they burn the oak leaf, offer a prayer of the Bon Sect, sounding a drum and a trumpet, blowing a trumpet shell and wish for safety and fertility of the year. In the open space nearby, a traditional dance is showed, too.
A small shrine on the outskirts of a village
The highest peak of Four Girls Mountains (Northwest Face)
In the villager who gathers to the small shrine, there are a lot of peoples who went to the working or the studying such as in Chengdu, too. Then they meet after a long time and make small talk all over.
In the place of the Queen Valley around 2000m high, such as the dandelion and the rape blossom begin to bloom at a footpath between fields, and the flower of the Japanese apricot are shown here and there on the mountainside, too. Then, the cultivation of the soil and the seeding at field begin when the New Year holidays ended. Here, the New Year of the lunar calendar is the beginning of the year exactly.

Tussilago sp.

A flower what bloom in the early spring.
Footnote : In the Tibetan cultural sphere, Tibetan Buddhism is the majority. However, the Bonism is the majority on the Queen Valley from ancient times, and related culture has been left.

Produced by Kenzo Okawa
Particular adviser of Four Girls Mountains Nature Reserve Management Bureau