The Flower Party as celebrated by the Tu people on Five-peak Mountain in the Huzhu area of Qinghai Province, is held on June 6. This festival has a long lineage. There are three styles of singing: solo, antiphonal, and choral. The songs range in subject matter from astronomy to geography, history and legends to social life and of course love. The flower songs can also be divided be into two distinct types: " Linxia Flowers" and "Taomin Flowers".
There hua' er Festival or the are differing explanations as to the origin of the Flower Party in different areas and among different ethnic groups. In Danma in Huzhu Autonomous County in Qinghai Province the Tu people believe that Danma was originally a place blessed with abundant flowers, grassland and forest, and when June arrived, bringing with it a profusion of brilliantly-colored flowers, the local young people of the community would all gather to court and sing flowers songs. But one year a leader of the tribe, disapproving of this practice, chopped down all the trees in order to forbid the people to celebrate these festivities. After that, it didn't rain for some three years and famine set in bringing enormous suffering to the people. One year in June, a pair of young people sang sorrowfully the forbidden flower songs, and a deluge of rain began to fall from the heavens. The people went wild with joy and sang loudly. However, after the rain, the lovers were transformed into two leafy poplar trees, which now stood on the green. From that time forward, the people came to this place to sing every year.
Some Tu people believe that the origins of the festival can be traced back to five sisters. Long long ago, there were five beautiful Tu sisters with voices as clear as bells, sweet and harmonious. When they sang, birds flying overhead would be so enchanted that they would stop flapping their wings and fall to earth. The clouds in the sky would stop moving, the water of the fiver would come to a halt and buds would instantly bloom on the tree. Many young men came from far and near and for three days and nights they sang their own songs in reply but none had a voice to match any of these nightingale sisters. On the morning of the fourth day, five cotton white clouds carried away the five sisters. They became five " Flower Fairies". The festival of song is celebrated on June 6 of the lunar calendar every year to commemorate the five sweet-singing sisters.
During the Flower Party, the people of different ethnic groups from different villages gather at the venue for the festivities, usually sectioned off with rope on the slope of a hill. When you approach this entrance a question will be asked of you in song. Only if you can reply in the proper way are you allowed to pass. Groups of three to five young people sing antiphonal songs. Some lyrics are traditional, and some are impromptu: made up on the spot as one asks and the other answers questions in song. As night falls, the antiphonal song party continues, sometimes till dawn. This festival remains extremely popular today.