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National Day Festival at Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism on way

Released at: 07:59, 01/09/2017

National Day Festival at Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism on way

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September 1 to 30 program taking place at National Village in Son Tay town, Hanoi.

by Le Diem

A cultural program will be held from September 1 to 30 at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Son Tay town, Hanoi, to celebrate Vietnam’s 72nd National Day and introduce the cultures and customs of the country’s 54 ethnic minority groups.

Activities will involve about 300 ethnic minority people, artists, and students from the Tay, Dao, Mong, Muong, Thai, Kho Mu, Ta Oi, Co Tu, Ede, Khmer, Cham and Kinh groups from eleven localities and the Vietnam Circus Federation, the Vietnam Water Puppetry Theater, and the Hanoi University of Culture.

The diverse range of activities will include a photo exhibition about ancestral lands and the origin of Vietnamese ethnic minority culture, a traditional market from northern Ha Giang province, traditional festivals of the Mong ethnic minority groups, the moon festival for lunar July (September 5) of the Dao ethnic minority group in Hanoi’s Ba Vi district, and a festival of the Cham ethnic minority in the Mekong Delta’s An Giang province.

A traditional boat racing festival from northern Phu Tho province will be held at the village for the first time, demonstrating the martial spirit and resilience of the Vietnamese people and rekindling the spirit of “remembering the source of the water we drink”.

There will also be a photo exhibition featuring the life of people on the Dong Van Karst Plateau in Vietnam’s north. A pair of pan-pipes, seven meters tall, created by Mong artisans in the Culture Village, will be on display. Two historical documentary films, “Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh” and “The Motherland Gives Us All”, will be screened. There will also be performances of ethnic folk music and dance, traditional craft, games and cuisine, water puppetry, and circus performances for children.

Mr. Nguyen Thanh Son from the National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism, said: “We have organized festivals celebrating National Day on September 2 for four consecutive years. The highlight is the mountain market fair, where ethnic minority people sell their specialties and engage in exchanges to enhance unity.”

Located at the Dong Mo Tourism Area in Son Tay town, the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Minority Culture and Tourism is a national cultural center, reproducing, preserving, promoting, and exploiting the traditional cultural heritage of the country’s 54 ethnic minority groups. The village also meets demand for healthy entertainment and sports and arts activities among domestic and foreign visitors. Nearly 1,000 artisans, elderly people, and village patriarchs of ethnic minority groups from 20 cities and provinces around the country attended 12 events and 30 festivals in the village last year, featuring numerous performances of folk dances and singing, culinary fairs, and exhibitions of traditional crafts. Ethnic minority people proudly introduce and teach their intangible cultural heritage, contributing to promoting the value of Vietnam’s traditional culture.

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