There is a great variety of different folk dances existing among the Uygur people in Kumul, all of which have a long history and unique characters. The obvious characters can help us easily tell the Kumul dances from other kinds of dances in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. To introduce the folk dances among Uygur people in Kumul, we should first talk about the Mashrap, which is popular among the common Uygur people living in the vast farming and stockbreeding areas. Along your China tour to Xinjiang area, if you are lucky enough, you may see the Maxrap in Xinjiang Uygur.
Max is the only form of a kind of entertaining activity of Uygur people. Mashrap, meaning evening party in Uygur language, is the main form to show the Maqam, folk songs, dances, folk art forms, dramas, acrobatics, games and oratures of Uygur people. It is also a very important way for common people to inherit, pass on and develop the moral power, folk customs, rituals, cultures arts and so on. Mashrap plays an important role in maintaining the Uygur traditions and folk customs. For thousands of years, Uygur people in Kumul perform all kinds of folk arts on the unique Mashrap, so that these art forms can be passed on generation by generation. Watching the locals playing Maxrap in Xinjiang Uygur would be a much interesting experience along your China vacation packages of Xinjiang region.
Maxrap is the name of a dancing and entertaining activity form, meaning the mass entertainment event that a lot of people take part in to entertain themselves. The main part of it is dancing. Maxrap can be classified according to different criteria. One classification is sing and dancing Maxrap, the game Maxirap and the rap Maxrap. Another classification is the parlor Maxrap, the greeting Maxrap and the harvest Maxrap. The most common one is the harvest Maxrap. All parts of Kumul have their own Maxrap with similar features and a similar style. However, the most typical one is the Doulan people. The Doulan Maxrap is bold, intense and unres Train ed. In the Doulan Maxrap, everyone will seize the opportunity to enjoy the dancing. Playing games is an essential part of Doulan Maxrap, the most commonly-seen of which is Grabbing Belt. Usually, it need two person to lay this Grabbing Belt. One person should try to whip the other one with the belt; however, the other one should try to grab the belt while avoiding the whip. The one who has the belt in his/her hands has the right to choose his/her partner in the game. Many students show their great interest to the Maxrap in Xinjiang Uygur when their educational tours in China come to Xinjiang region.
People can hold the Maxrap in the courtyard, or under the grape trellis, or in the orchard, or just on the grassland. The number of people taking part in it can range from ten or twenty, to several hundred. Even more than a thousand people are ok. No matter how many people are there, everyone takes the Maxrap as a big event. Decided by the host and the organizers, they can hold the Maxrap either during the day or in the evening. At the appointed time, people come to the Maxrap, greet each other, shake hands with each other and take seats according to the order. Everyone immersed in the happy and harmonious atmosphere. Why not extend your China business tours to Xinjiang region and watch the locals playing Maxrap in Uygur as a way of get closing to Xinjiang folk culture? That sounds quite interesting.
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