The Hanoitimes - Ninety people from 12 ethnic minority groups from the Central Highlands region, including Ta Oi, Co Tu, Raglai, E De and Khmer are joining a program celebrating the cultural diversity and customs of the region throughout this month.
The event, running to June 30, is hosted by the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in the Dong Mo tourism area of Hanoi's Son Tay town. The main focus of the event is to introduce visitors to folk songs and lullabies of the Central Highlanders, as well as the making of their traditional musical instruments and cloth weaving.
A cooking contest, gong performances, sporting events and folk games are also indispensable parts of the month-long event.
90 ethnic celebrates diversity of Central Highlands’ culture in Dong Mo.
Notably, children visiting the village can register for a free training course on experiencing the Buddhist monastic life. During the two-day courses, on June 2-3 and June 16-17, participants will learn about Buddhist rituals and Buddha’s teachings on humanism and being a well behaved child.
In June, a number of traditional festivals of ethnic groups will be held in the village, such as a new house warming ceremony by the Cham group from Ninh Thuan, and the ceremony of brotherhood and longevity celebration by the Ede people in Dak Lak province.
In 2016, the number of visitors to the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Dong Mo Tourism Area reached 500,000, marking an increase of 200% compared to the previous year and exceeding the target of 167%. Up to 72 travel companies from 17 provinces and cities have selected the village as must-visit destination.