Benzhu are local protector deities in the Dali area, their worship is a key element of Bai identity.
In the Dali area, almost every Bai village has a Benzhu Temple, the home of a local protector spirit. These protector spirits are mostly historic figures, such as local heros, kings, generals or others who have through good deeds won the adulation of the local population.
Each Benzhu usually has his own festival day, with activities varying greatly from place to place.
Officially it is a three day festival, but in reality the ceremony only takes place on the first day, starting around 10am from the Benzhu Temple. The Benzhu is paraded around town before being returned to his shrine. The date of the festival seems a bit fluid, in 2019 it was on the 4th day of the first month.
|Confucius Sacrifice 祭孔||28 Sept. 2021|