Ethnic Minorities Celebrate Start of New Year

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 program offers a range of activities that aim to inspire visitors to explore and deepen their understanding of the traditional cultural aspects and celebrations of the Tet (Lunar New Year) Festival as observed by ethnic minority communities throughout the country.

The main highlight of the program is the recreation of a ceremony performed by the Tay and Nung ethnic groups. This ceremony involves washing away bad luck and offering prayers for a peaceful, joyful, and prosperous new year.

In addition, the program will feature a performance of the “Then” ritual practice, a UNESCO-listed intangible cultural heritage, presented by individuals from the Tay, Nung, and Thai ethnic groups.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the traditional “Then” songs and the enchanting melodies of the “Tinh” lute during visits to the villages inhabited by the Tay, Nung, and Thai ethnic communities. They can also enjoy the pleasant weather of the spring season.

The program will also showcase various folk dances, songs, traditional games, and unique culinary delights from the ethnic minority groups residing in the mountainous provinces of northern Vietnam.

Each ethnic minority village will be adorned with vibrant decorations that reflect the customs and traditions of their respective communities in preparation for the Lunar New Year Festival.

Furthermore, visitors will have the chance to engage in cultural and artistic exchanges with the friendly local residents, allowing for an enriching and interactive experience.