Ethnic minority groups celebrate New Year with various activities

NDO – A wide variety of cultural and arts activities, themed “Spring on the uplands”, are taking place at the Vietnam National Villages For Ethnic Culture And Tourism in Son Tay District, Hanoi from January 1-31.

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The activities aim to inspire visitors to learn more about the traditional cultural features and celebrations of Tet (Lunar New Year) Festival of ethnic minority people nationwide.

The highlight of the programme is the reproduction of a ceremony to wash away bad luck and praying for a peaceful, happy and favourable new year by Tay and Nung ethnic people.

In addition, people from Tay, Nung and Thai groups will perform the “Then” ritual practice which has in fact been added to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Visiting the villages of Tay, Nung and Thai ethnic people during pleasant spring days, visitors can enjoy traditional “Then” songs and melodies of “Tinh” lute.

Additionally, other folk dances and songs, along with traditional folk games and specialties of ethnic minority groups in the northern mountainous provinces, will also be promoted during the programme.

The villages of all ethnic minority groups will be decorated with vibrant colours to welcome the Lunar New Year Festival according to the customs of each group.

Visitors to the village will also have the opportunity to join cultural and art exchange activities with the local people.

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