Only the Olympic opening ceremonies can rival an ice fishing celebration like this.
Every year on December 28th, hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals alike gather to celebrate the opening days of ice fishing on Chagan Lake, located in the province of Jilin, China. This ancient ice fishing celebration has been passed down through generations, and every year, it seems that this ceremony only gets larger.
As you can see in this clip, costumes, dancers, choreographed scenes, and theatrical performances cover the lake all to make way for the fishing to begin.
Don’t quote me on this, but I think people in Minnesota and Wisconsin do this also, but just not with as much fanfare. I’m kidding, of course.
However, what you saw in that video is one small piece of global history that has been performed long before any of us were here, and will continue long after we are all gone.
Hopefully all that stomping and dancing on the ice didn’t scare away all the fish!