Dog carried on throne in Chinese festival

It's dressed up in specially tailored human clothes and a hat.
It's dressed up in specially tailored human clothes and a hat. Photo credit: Getty

Welcome to the Chinese dog carrying festival.

For centuries, the Miao villagers have been celebrating a traditional festival - by dressing a dog up in specially tailored human clothes and a hat.

It is then carried around on a bamboo dog-throne in a procession lead by a shaman, while the people sing, drum and spash water over the parade. The Miao people also pray for good weather and a good harvest.

The festival is known as taigoujie, which translates as "lifting dog festival".

The custom began as a way of celebrating the legend of a dog who led their first settlers to a water source as they were dying of thirst. The South China Morning Post says the dog was believed to have been sent from heaven.

However the festival was criticised last year, after images circulated of a dog with a chain around its neck.

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