The annual folk festival is held in the Hengsha region in Guangzhou’s Huangpu district on the 24th day of the first lunar month. The grandest traditional celebration in Hengsha, it emerged in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). People perform a traditional lion dance and make zongzi to entertain relatives and friends in the daytime. In the evening, all the residents of Hengsha villages gather in an ancestral hall to enjoy a grand feast and folk opera.
The festival is celebrated among not only the locals but also overseas Chinese from Hengsha. They pray for favorable weather, bountiful harvests, booming business and sound finances.
In 2008, Huangpu district upgraded it to the Hengsha Literary Festival which features folk performances such as lion dances and Guangdong songs and operas. The festival injects new connotations into the traditional culture.