Feb 11, 2014 / 15:34

Hanoi set to host traditional festivities for ethnic groups

The Hanoitimes - Several festivals held by various ethnic groups will be celebrated at the Culture Tourism Village of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups in Hanoi this month.

During the three-day (February 15-17) event the Sac Xuan Tren Moi Mien To Quoc (Spring in Every Region Nationwide) festival will stage the bumper crop-praying ceremony of the Lo Lo group in Ha Giang Province, the New Year horse racing of the Mong, and the traditional wrestling contest of the Kinh (ethnic majority).

In addition, the New Year Festival of the Dao from Bang Ca Village in Hoanh Bo District in Quang Ninh Province, the Han Cuong New Year celebration of the Thai group, and the gong festival of the Muong in Hoa Binh will also be presented.

The husband-catching festival of the Chu Ru in Lam Dong, the rice-planting festival of the B'rau in Kon Tum, the rain-praying ceremony of the Cor people in Quang Nam, and the traditional New Year Pang Kate Festival of the Cham in Binh Thuan will also be on display for visitors.

The organisers expect the February event will not only promote unique ethnic cultures, but also expose foreign tourists to Vietnam's diverse cultures.

The Culture Tourism Village of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups is located in Dong Mo, Son Tay Town, about 40km west of Hanoi centre.