Lai Chau (VNA) – The third
National Mong Ethnic Cultural Festival kicked off in the northern mountainous
province of Lai Chau on December 24.

Opening the event, Deputy Minister of
Culture, Sports and Tourism Trinh Thi Thuy said the festival reflects the
Party, State, and authorities’ attention to the spiritual life of Mong people. It
is also an occasion for people nationwide, including the ethnic minority group,
to improve their sense of responsibility towards traditional culture and
enhance the great national solidarity, thereby helping guarantee political
stability, security, and defence.

In his remarks, Secretary of the Lai
Chau Party Committee and Chairman of the provincial People’s Council Giang Pao
My said the festival is significant to Lai Chau and other participating
localities as it will help popularise their images and stimulate travel demand
after a long hiatus caused by the COVID-19 resurgence.

This year’s event attracts nearly
3,000 guests, artisans, artists, and people of the Mong ethnic group from 11

It features a wide range of cultural,
sports, and tourism activities such as performances of folk music and
traditional costumes, the reenactment of traditional festivals and cultural
rituals, and folk games of Mong people. Visitors will also have a chance to try
tourism products in Tam Duong district and take part in a paragliding festival.

As part of the festival, trips will be
arranged for participants to explore community-based and ecological tourism
potential in Lai Chau. A discussion will also be held to devise measures for addressing
difficulties, improving the tourism environment, and encouraging travel firms
to attract tourists to this province.

The festival will last through
December 26 in Lai Chau city, Tam Duong and Phong Tho districts./.