Smithsonian Institution
Festival Blog
Festival Radio
Join Our Email Mailing List
Smithsonian Folkways Magazine
Support the Festival

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

««Go Back

June 24, 2014

Breaking and Blessing Ground for the Flower Plaque

Eight days before the opening of the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, participants from Hong Kong began construction on the bamboo flower plaque, starting with a ritual ceremony involving Smithsonian staff to ensure safety and good fortune. Read more about the ceremony.

Videography: Charlie Weber
Sound: Ed Fry
Editing: Albert Tong