Han Zhanxiang: inheritor of the Salar Wedding Ceremony
I’m Han Zhanxiang, a member of the Salar ethnic group.
I’m an inheritor of the Salar Wedding Ceremony, a national-level intangible cultural heritage.
Xunhua, the hometown of Salar people, is located in the valley area along the upper reaches of the Yellow River.
The place of origin of the Salar ethnic group is Jiezi Township, and our emblem is the Camel Spring.
Our rich and profound culture has a long history and has been passed down in oral forms for generations.
Hua’er, (a kind of folk songs peculiar to northwest China,) is an important means for us to express love.
You can hear Hua’er in the fields or where people concentrate.
For Salar people in Qinghai Province, Hua’er refers to the female, while Shaonian refers to the male.
So Hua’er and Shaonian make up the code through which we express our love.
The geographical location of Xunhua is perfect. Its natural environment and climate are also very favorable.
So plant seeds sprout easily here. They bloom well and bear fruits easily.
In such an environment, Salar people have grown fond of flowers.
So how much do we love flowers?
What do we do in winter when summer flowers have already withered?
We place flowers on the roof, and this is part of our architectural culture.
We regard the standard of courtyard architecture of both families as a criterion to see if an engaged couple is a perfect match.
Marriage is a major joyous occassion, and Salar weddings mostly take place in winter.
Salar women are always busy taking three courses before marriage.
Cooking, embroidery, and moral lessons.
We have wedding costumes for both male and female.
Hua’er, architecture, costume, and food. Our own culture consists of them all.
不像那个民族，也不像这个民族，汇聚起来，就是撒拉族。[ Editor: Shi Ruoqi ]