Chinese village celebrates dogs by carrying them around on wooden thrones

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Men carry a dog, wearing a costume and seated on a stool, as a form of respect as they believe that dogs found water for their ancestors, during a local festival for the Miao ethnic minority in Jianhe county, Guizhou Province, China, August 14, 2016. Picture taken August 14, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer (Reuters)
JIANHE, CHINA - AUGUST 14: (CHINA OUT) Miao nationality people carrying a dog parade during a local festival for the Miao ethnic minority at Jiaobang Village on August 14, 2016 in Jianhe County, China. The local Miao people in the Jiaobang village believe that dogs helped their ancestors find water. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
JIANHE, CHINA - AUGUST 14: (CHINA OUT) Miao nationality people carry a dog in a parade during a local festival for the Miao ethnic minority at Jiaobang Village on August 14, 2016 in Jianhe County, China. The local Miao people in the Jiaobang village believe that dogs helped their ancestors find water. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
JIANHE, CHINA - AUGUST 14: (CHINA OUT) Miao nationality people carry a dog in a parade during a local festival for the Miao ethnic minority at Jiaobang Village on August 14, 2016 in Jianhe County, China. The local Miao people in the Jiaobang village believe that dogs helped their ancestors find water. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
JIANHE, CHINA - AUGUST 14: (CHINA OUT) Miao nationality people carry a dog in a parade during a local festival for the Miao ethnic minority at Jiaobang Village on August 14, 2016 in Jianhe County, China. The local Miao people in the Jiaobang village believe that dogs helped their ancestors find water. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
JIANHE, CHINA - AUGUST 14: (CHINA OUT) Miao nationality people carry a dog in a parade during a local festival for the Miao ethnic minority at Jiaobang Village on August 14, 2016 in Jianhe County, China. The local Miao people in the Jiaobang village believe that dogs helped their ancestors find water. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
JIANHE, CHINA - AUGUST 14: (CHINA OUT) Miao nationality people attend a local festival for the Miao ethnic minority at Jiaobang Village on August 14, 2016 in Jianhe County, China. The local Miao people in the Jiaobang village believe that dogs helped their ancestors find water. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
JIANHE, CHINA - AUGUST 14: (CHINA OUT) Miao nationality people attend a local festival for the Miao ethnic minority at Jiaobang Village on August 14, 2016 in Jianhe County, China. The local Miao people in the Jiaobang village believe that dogs helped their ancestors find water. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
JIANHE, CHINA - AUGUST 14: (CHINA OUT) Miao nationality people attend a local festival for the Miao ethnic minority at Jiaobang Village on August 14, 2016 in Jianhe County, China. The local Miao people in the Jiaobang village believe that dogs helped their ancestors find water. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
JIANHE, CHINA - AUGUST 14: (CHINA OUT) Miao nationality people carry a dog in a parade during a local festival for the Miao ethnic minority at Jiaobang Village on August 14, 2016 in Jianhe County, China. The local Miao people in the Jiaobang village believe that dogs helped their ancestors find water. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
JIANHE, CHINA - AUGUST 14: (CHINA OUT) Miao nationality people attend a local festival for the Miao ethnic minority at Jiaobang Village on August 14, 2016 in Jianhe County, China. The local Miao people in the Jiaobang village believe that dogs helped their ancestors find water. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
JIANHE, CHINA - AUGUST 14: (CHINA OUT) Miao nationality people attend a local festival for the Miao ethnic minority at Jiaobang Village on August 14, 2016 in Jianhe County, China. The local Miao people in the Jiaobang village believe that dogs helped their ancestors find water. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
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Carrying dogs around on wooden thrones might make for a curious sight, but to the Miao people of Jiaobang village in Guizhou, China, it's a tradition that will continue to pass down through generations.

On Sunday, local Chinese villagers gathered to celebrate a folk festival parade known as "Dog-carrying Day."

The celebrations include dressing a pooch up in human clothing, and placing it on a sedan chair to be carried by several men. This mode of transportation was originally reserved for Chinese royalty or nobility back in the 19th century.

The festival is celebrated to thank the dogs for their ancestors being able to locate water sources.

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The parade, which goes on for quite a distance, is accompanied by participants dancing to the raucous beating of drums.

Despite the Miao people's good intentions of wanting to show equality between humans and dogs, the event has been heavily criticised for cruelty towards man's best friends.

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According to People's Daily, some Chinese netizens have even gone as far as to compare "Dog-carrying Day" to the controversial Yulin dog meat festival, claiming that the dogs look uncomfortable being placed on the wooden chair and paraded around.

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