(Photographed by reporter Zhou Xingrui) Horse food was burned at Thirteen Darkness in Banli, and the mansion in Banli was filled with offerings.

[Reporter Zhou Xingrui/Mazu Report] The 2023 Matsu Beigan Waving Night Cultural Festival will be held on the 12th day of the first lunar month after the lantern lighting ceremony, and on the next day on the 13th day of the first lunar month (2023 will be February 3rd of the national calendar) "burning horses" Grain Culture Festival", set off the first wave of "swing night".

(Photographed by reporter Zhou Xingrui) Before the horse food was burned, the village gods came to greet each other in front of the Banli mansion.

Although the ceremony of burning horse food starts in the evening, the sound of gongs and drums that carry the spirits around the border can be heard early in the morning.

From 5 o'clock in the evening, the gods of each village came to greet each other in front of the Banli mansion, and the sound of firecrackers and drums was shocking.

Not only the big mansion in Banli is filled with offerings, but every household in Banli Street also sets up incense tables and prepares offerings at the entrance, and forms a circle with red bricks, and puts food and grass for rewarding horses inside, so that it is ready to pray for gods and burn horses at night. food preparation.

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(Photographed by reporter Zhou Xingrui) Every household on Banli Street set up incense tables at the door, prepared offerings, and rewarded horses with food and grass.

If you ask the people of Mazu about the main event of "Putting Night", most of them will say "burning horse food". This traditional ceremony originated from the important local belief "White Horse King", and it is said that the king loves to ride on horses. , in addition to meticulously preparing offerings to the gods, they also went to the mountains to collect grain and grass for the horses to enjoy. At present, only Banli Village in Matsu still retains the ceremony of burning horse grain, which has become a very unique traditional festival in the series of "swinging" activities.

(Photographed by reporter Zhou Xingrui) A group of people traveled from Banli to Baisha Village to pray for blessings.

Matsu in the first lunar month gets colder and colder as the night progresses, but the enthusiasm of the participating people grows higher and higher as the night progresses.

Before burning the horse food, many miraculous sedan chairs paid tribute to the king of the white horse, and then began to go around the Baisha border to gather incense. People, a group of people marched from Banli to Baisha Village to pray for blessings and incense.

Along the way, the drums and clappers are noisy, and the brilliant fireworks are bursting, making it extremely lively.

(Photographed by reporter Zhou Xingrui) This year's Horse Grain Burning Cultural Festival was performed by the "Soon to Come True" fire dance troupe, which kicked off the horse grain burning ceremony that was also blazing with flames.

This year's incense circling team is quite lively. They set off at 6 o'clock and didn't return to the Banli mansion until after 7 o'clock. Residents of Banli Street offered incense and burned horse food one after another.

After the White Horse King and his wife were seated, the organizer specially invited the "Soon to Come True" fire dance troupe to perform, which kicked off the horse food burning ceremony, which was also blazing with flames.

(Photographed by reporter Zhou Xingrui) The hot burning of Da Ma Liang set off a climax for Banli Shisanming.

In the main venue, surrounded by red bricks and with a diameter of about 4 to 5 meters, it was the main character of the burning horse food that night. When the guests lit the horse food, many mikoshis quickly circled the horse food area and burned violently The flames are higher than people, and the non-stop firecrackers are jumping and cheering, and the hearts of the onlookers are soaring...

This unique traditional festival brings the most unforgettable Matsu cultural experience to all visitors.

(Photographed by reporter Zhou Xingrui) Many shrines circled the burning Maliang area in turn, creating a spectacular scene.

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