The Yellow Emperor, or simply by his Chinese name Huangdi, is a deity in Chinese religion, one of the legendary Chinese sovereigns and culture heroes included among the mytho-historical Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors.

Traditionally credited with numerous inventions and innovations – ranging from the calendar to an ancestor of football – the Yellow Emperor is now regarded as the initiator of Chinese civilization, and said to be the ancestor of all Chinese.

CHINA-SHAANXI-YELLOW EMPEROR-CEREMONY (CN)

Performers dance during a memorial ceremony to worship “Yellow Emperor” who according to legend reigned nearly 5,000 years ago and is regarded as the ancestor of all Chinese people, in Huangling County, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, April 4, 2017. Over 10,000 people attended the ceremony on Tuesday which is also the Qingming Holiday, or the Tomb-Sweeping Day. (Xinhua/Li Yibo)

CHINA-SHAANXI-YELLOW EMPEROR-CEREMONY (CN)

Performers dance during a memorial ceremony to worship “Yellow Emperor” who according to legend reigned nearly 5,000 years ago and is regarded as the ancestor of all Chinese people, in Huangling County, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, April 4, 2017. Over 10,000 people attended the ceremony on Tuesday which is also the Qingming Holiday, or the Tomb-Sweeping Day. (Xinhua/Li Yibo)

CHINA-SHAANXI-YELLOW EMPEROR-CEREMONY (CN)

Performers dance during a memorial ceremony to worship “Yellow Emperor” who according to legend reigned nearly 5,000 years ago and is regarded as the ancestor of all Chinese people, in Huangling County, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, April 4, 2017. Over 10,000 people attended the ceremony on Tuesday which is also the Qingming Holiday, or the Tomb-Sweeping Day. (Xinhua/Li Yibo)

CHINA-SHAANXI-YELLOW EMPEROR-CEREMONY (CN)

Performers dance during a memorial ceremony to worship “Yellow Emperor” who according to legend reigned nearly 5,000 years ago and is regarded as the ancestor of all Chinese people, in Huangling County, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, April 4, 2017. Over 10,000 people attended the ceremony on Tuesday which is also the Qingming Holiday, or the Tomb-Sweeping Day. (Xinhua/Li Yibo)

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