Traditional rice cooking festival captivates locals and tourists in Hanoi

Located in Nam Tu Liem, Hanoi, Thi Cam Village was surrounded by a cloud of smoke during the annual rice cooking festival, attracting a lively mix of locals and tourists.

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The Phan Tay Nhac Festival is held on the 8th day of the first Lunar month to honor the late General Phan Tay Nhac, a renowned military leader during the reign of the 18th Hung King.

The festival features four teams dressed in different colors, competing in various events including firewood gathering, sprinting, rice pounding, and rice cooking.

Once the rice is cooked, it is presented outside the village communal house for public judging in front of the villagers and team members. The cooked rice pots are then offered as a tribute to the village patron.

The festival attracts a large number of locals and tourists, creating a vibrant atmosphere.

The teams are divided into four groups, each wearing a different color to distinguish themselves.

Traditional farming tools such as wooden pestles and stone mortars are assigned to each team to use during the festival.

The firewood gathering ritual begins precisely at 11 o’clock. The participants arrange bundles of dry grass alongside seasoned bamboo, pre-punched holes, and a sturdy bamboo stick with handles.

The women in the teams skillfully remove husks from the rice before cooking it over the open flames.

The rice is cooked within the specified competition timeframe.

After being cooked, the rice pots are meticulously inspected by community leaders to ensure their quality before being offered as a tribute to the village’s tutelary deity.

Respected community elders conduct a thorough inspection of each pot to guarantee its quality.