Corban Festival of Hui Ethnic Group

The three most important festivals of Islam are Lesser Bairam, Corban, and Shengji Festival. They are observed on October 1, December 10, and March 12 respectively, according to the Islamic calendar. Among them, Lesser Bairam holds the utmost significance.

Known as “Eid al-Fitr” in Arabic, Lesser Bairam marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting in Islam. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking, and marital relations from dawn until sunset, except for those exempted such as the elderly, sick, pregnant women, and children. Fasting for a month is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and fosters qualities like willpower, integrity, and empathy.

On the last day of Ramadan, the new moon signals the end of fasting, and the following day is Lesser Bairam. It is a time of joyous celebration, marked by special prayers, charitable giving, and festive gatherings. People clean themselves, wear their finest attire, and exchange greetings with phrases like “seliangmu,” symbolizing wishes for peace and happiness.

During the festival, mosques host sermons and prayers led by the Ahung. Muslims are encouraged to donate to the less fortunate, either through monetary contributions or by assisting the poor directly. After the formal ceremonies, people visit relatives and friends, engaging in various festivities and strengthening community bonds.