Next month festival celebrating ethnic culture to be held in Thanh Hoa

A string of activities highlighting the distinct culture of the Muong ethnic group will be held during the event, including folk songs and dances, a traditional costume show, and gong performances.

Muong ethnic women join in a gong performance. Source: NDO

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in coordination with the Thanh Hoa provincial People’s Committee will organise the second Muong Ethnic Cultural Days from December 10 to 12.

The event will gather together hundreds of artisans, actors, actresses and athletes from six cities and provinces including Thanh Hoa, Hanoi, Hoa Binh, Son La, Phu Tho and Binh Phuoc as well as a guest art troupe from Laos’ Houaphanh Province.

A wide variety of cultural, sports and tourism festivities will be held during the festival, including mass art performances, a show of traditional costumes and performances of gongs of Muong ethnic minority people, and an introduction to weaving handicrafts and traditional cultural practices.

In addition, visitors will have the chance to know more about the cultural rituals as well as join many folk games of the Muong group such as traditional wrestling, “con” (colourful fabric ball) throwing, tug of war and stick pushing.

Under the framework of the event, the organising board will host survey trips to community-tourist and ecological sites in Thanh Hoa province.

The cultural days are held to provide an opportunity to advertise the tradition and culture of the Muong ethnic group while helping participating localities to promote their tourism potential to visitors both at home and abroad.

The event will also offer an opportunity for artisans, actors, actresses and athletes from six participating localities to exchange experience with each other.

The first Muong Ethnic Culture Festival was held in the northern province of Hoa Binh in 2007.

The Muong ethnic group currently has more than 1 million members, residing mainly in the northern and northern central provinces, particularly in Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa provinces.

The ethnic community maintains a rich folk cultural treasures, including epics, old tales and folk songs. 

Vietnam’s ethnic minority groups account for 14 percent of the population, with a vibrant diversity of cultures, languages, and livelihoods.

Such ethnic cultural days often held with hope to contribute to the sustainable cultural development of Vietnamese ethnic minorities, raise public awareness of the importance of preserving and protecting the traditional clothes and customs of ethnic minority groups and consolidate national solidarity and patriotism among ethnic groups,  in the process of promoting industrialization, modernization and international integration./.