When the festival is underway, tens of thousands of people from surrounding areas come to the event. People dance together in a lively atmosphere. In 1983, Munao Zongge was designated as a statutory holiday of Dehong Prefecture in Yunnan.
All Munao Festival activities are conducted around two Munao poles erected in the central of a big square or grassland. The poles measures 20 meters high, and two shining huge swords placed between them symbolizes bravery and persistence of the Jingpo people.
According to the Jingpo people’s saying, people standing on either of the two high platforms set up in front of the poles can foresee into the future.
The most wonderful part of the festival is the scene of chaotic dancing, often participated in by thousand of Jingpo people. The joyful people in their peculiar traditional clothes are cheering as women waving handkerchiefs and men waving swords.
The choreographic steps and sequence sometimes dramatize actions of hunting, farming and their daily life. The sound of traditional flutes and gongs is so loud that it can shake the mountains. The excited Jingpo people will keep dancing, even for two days.