Day 11: "War" in Sifang Jie

While Mr. T. and I were walking through Sifang Jie, we stumbled upon a married couple. Both were dressed in formal attire with two men standing besides them. They were being handed eggs, flour and water. Confused, Mr. T and I both watched waiting for something to happen. They opened the cartons of eggs and gathered them in their hands. I heard them start to countdown. "San...er...yi!" Eggs started flying everywhere as they chucked them at each other. Shells and remains from the eggs were scattered all over themselves and the floor. A crowd started to form. More and more people began watching them and taking videos. Once all the eggs were demolished, the flour came out. In a medium size bowl, both men leaned towards it. They took a deep breathe and started blowing. As flour blew everywhere, the crowd started to back up. Mr. T and I edged a bit closer. I realized I was the only girl in the crowd and Mr. T told me that this was a "manly event." 10 minutes later, the bowl of flour was finished. The crowd was laughing and ammused by this sort of event. Just because, I took a picture with them. I got some flour and egg on me but, thats okay. I learned that this is a wedding tradition. The bride and groom choose to men to participate. Then, when those two get married, they choose someone. The tradition follows on until someone does not get married. I do not think this is something I will do in my wedding but it was very entertaining to watch it! 

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My name is Sydney F. and I'm currently 12 years old. (Turning 13 after we come back from Microcampus!) I have been at SAS since the middle of 6th grade, so almost 2 years. Some of my interests include listening to music, playing all sports, reading books, and being with my friends and family. I enjoy traveling and experiencing different life styles and that is one of the reasons I joined this program. Microcampus was a great experience and I am glad I got to share it with the people I did. I look forward to coming back to Xizhou some day.