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2020 Gongbo New Year in Nyingchi City

By Liu Fang, Tenzin Sydron Source:China Tibet News 2019年12月03日 09:50

Gongbo New Year is a unique festival for local people in Nyingchi City of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, also called as Gongbo Festival. It's on October 1st every year of Tibetan calendar, and has nearly a thousand year of history.

On November 25th, Segolha Village of Mainri Town and Gyarika Village of Puqu Town in Bayi District are filled with festive atmosphere. On its village committee square, an artistic show performed by local people is being staged, which not only reflects the colorful and happy life of Segolha villagers, but also expresses their feeling of love and gratitude to the Party, the motherland and the new era.

"Segolha Village used to be different. Before 2012, there were more than 10 impoverished households among 36, and the income of Segolha villagers always ranked at the bottom among people of Mainri Town. The village's environment was dirty and messy, and disputes often happened between neighbors." Talking about the comparison between the new and old villages, Qiao Tesring, secretary of the village Party branch says, "with all people's great effort, our village becomes the first one that get out of poverty in Mainri Town, and also a model village of Nyingchi City. That's all because of great policies of the Party, the good role played by Party members, and the efforts of all villagers."

The evening of Oct. 25th is "Gutu Night" of Gongbo New Year. According to the tradition, local people gather with their families, eating "Gutu", which is a traditional Tibetan food, to ring the old year out and the new year in.

Stepping into aged Qiao Dekyi's house (a Tibetan building like a cottage, and located at Gyarika Village of Puqu Town), beautiful Tibetan furniture, big television, refrigerator and other modern appliances are all equipped.

At 4p.m., he starts preparing the ingredients for "Gutu".

At this time of every year, he makes a bowl of doughballs and prepares wool, pepper, charcoal, lentil, salt and others, then wraps them in the doughballs, for testing the luck of family members in the coming year. "The days are getting better, and Gutu seems more delicious," he says.

Qiao Dekyi's daughter is smart and competent. She takes good care of the family, and serves as the women's director of Gyarika Village. Konchog Tashi, Qiao Dekyi's son in law, is intelligent and diligent; their life has been thriving in these years.

"Two years ago, when the railway built to our village, I bought a truck to run transportation business and earned about 300,000 yuan RMB. Moreover, the walnut project of our village in this year brought over 10,000 yuan RMB dividends to our family. Nowadays, the Party policies are so good that we have farmland and forestry subsidies, and children enjoy "three guarantees policy" (free food, free dormitory and free tuition) at schools. We should make more efforts for getting better life," Konchog Tashi says happily.

Happiness is brought by efforts. "People now living such a happy life is all benefitted from preferential policies of the Party. We need to turn the deep concern of the Party and the government into a driving force of development and production, and construct our beautiful homeland by working hard," Qiao Dekyi says. 

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