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Knife-Pole Festival

Date: February 8th on the Lunar calendar, usually in March.
Venue: Yunnan province

It is a traditional festival of the Lisu ethnic group. On the eve before the festival, usually brave warriors will dance and jump in the fire barefoot.

The most fascinating activity during the festival is to climb up 20 m high poles inserted with 36 or 72 sharp knifes. Performers will have to climb barefooted in a thrilling act.