Benzhu Worship 本主节

Tuesday, 11. February 2025 until Thursday, 13. February 2025 in 大理周城

The Benzhujie in Zhoucheng is one of the biggest on the lake's western side, with Bai opera performed on the stage in the evening.

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.

See related festivals.

The event is over three days.
Festival held according to lunar calendar on 农历1月14.