Baijiayan (collective feasts) of the Dong
People propose a toast at the traditional Baijiayan of the Dong ethnic group. [Photo by Yang Yonghe/WeChat account lzswgl]
The traditional Baijiayan, also known as the collective feasts, of the Dong ethnic group is the highest courtesy of the Dong people to entertain guests. This traditional custom has a history of hundreds of years and originated in Linxi, Bajiang, Dutong, Tongle, as well as other places in Sanjiang Dong autonomous county, Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.
Generally, Baijiayan takes the entire village as a unit with each household sending one to three representatives to participate in the activity, with their best meals placed on a long table to entertain guests. The scene of Baijiayan is grand and magnificent. The banquet tables are in the shape of long rows, which are generally between 20 to 40 meters long.
The feast always begins after Dong people performing the traditional Lusheng dance, singing special songs, and saluting guests with tea.
As an important and longstanding cultural custom, Baijiayan has special values in the fields of ethnology, folklore, and Dong food culture research. It has attracted the attention of guests, experts, and scholars at home and abroad.
In addition, Baijiayan shows the rich folk customs and cultural connotations of the Dong nationality, the spirit and unity of the Dong people, as well as their enthusiastic and bold national character.