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Dao ethnic culture festival for Tuyen Quang

Released at: 14:14, 29/09/2017

Dao ethnic culture festival for Tuyen Quang


First-ever festival of Dao ethnic minority culture to be held in northern mountainous of Tuyen Quang province from September 29 to October 4.

by Le Diem

For the first time, the Dao ethnic minority group will hold a national festival celebrating its culture and traditions, in northern mountainous Tuyen Quang province from September 29 to October 4, attracting Dao people from 12 cities and provinces nationwide and people from other communities.

Diverse cultural activities will be organized, such as exhibitions on Dao culture, performances of traditional Dao festivities, art and music, a show on traditional Dao women’s clothing, and a presentation of costumes used in Mother Goddess worshipping. The shows will be performed by Dao people, not professional artists.

There will be introduction of Dao and provincial cuisine and popular tourist sites in the area, including historical relics and beautiful landscapes. Sporting activities such as tennis and table tennis and folk games will add to the festive atmosphere. A conference on preserving and promoting the heritage of Dao ethnic culture will also be held.

Alongside the Dao festival, the annual Tuyen Quang City Festival will also take place at Nguyen Tat Thanh Square in the heart of Tuyen Quang city on September 29 and 30. To mark the Mid-Autumn Festival, some 70 outstanding lantern designs, which depict characters in fairy tales, folk stories, and famous beautiful areas in the country, will be paraded in the square.

The festival is an opportunity to introduce and promote the tradition, culture, history, and tourism potential of Tuyen Quang to both local and international visitors.

One of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minorities, the Dao community has an estimated population of 750,000. They mostly reside in northern mountainous provinces such as Tuyen Quang, Ha Giang, Lao Cai, and Yen Bai. Their economic activities include farming in rocky areas, weaving, and silver crafts. The Dao people account for 11 per cent of Tuyen Quang’s population, or over 77,000 people; the third-largest after the Kinh and Tay groups.

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