Celebratory Events Mark Vietnam Ethnic Groups’ Cultural Day in Hanoi

Every April 19th, people from all corners of Vietnam come together at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism to celebrate Vietnam Ethnic Groups' Culture Day. This annual event is a great opportunity to showcase and honor the diversity of the country's ethnic minorities.

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The tourist area of Son Tay Town, located in a suburb of Hanoi, has become much livelier as of late with the opening of art spaces. To celebrate the important day for Vietnam’s ethnic minorities, a variety of activities themed “Colors of the Cultures of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups” have been taking place. Visitors can enjoy a variety of performances, exhibitions, and traditional activities that showcase the unique culture of each ethnic group. There are also food stalls that offer delicious dishes from various parts of the country. This is a great way for both locals and tourists to explore the culture and traditions of each group.

The annual vibrant festival is held from April 14 to 19, where visitors can discover a bustling, exuberant and joyful ambience among ethnic minorities taking part in cultural activities at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism.

 Thai ethnic people from Yen Thang commune, Lang Chanh district, Thanh Hoa province, dressed in colorful traditional costumes, passionately performed the Nhay Sap or dance between bamboo poles.
 The Cha Mun Festival is an important cultural and religious beauty of the Black Thai ethnic community in Vietnam, conveying their wishes for a healthy and wealthy year with bountiful crops.
 The centerpiece of the festival is a cotton tree, or so-called Boc May in the Thai language, decorated with colorful strings and cloth bags.
 Worship offerings include boiled chicken, steamed sticky rice, clothes, and distilled liquor.

Shamanism is an ancient practice, one that’s been used by many cultures around the world for thousands of years.

The Thay Mo, or shaman, is a spiritual leader who performs rituals to honor the gods and pray for a prosperous year of good weather, plentiful harvests, and good health for the community. Shamanism is an ancient practice that has been employed by various cultures across the globe for millennia. It is believed to provide spiritual guidance and healing, as well as protection against illness and misfortune.

The bamboo dance simulates the daily activities of the Black Thai people, such as planting trees, harvesting rice, pounding rice, and other agricultural tasks. It is a traditional form of entertainment that has been passed down through generations, and is still practiced in rural areas. The performance involves intricate movements and skillful coordination of the dancers, and is usually accompanied by music and singing. The dance is a way for people to come together and celebrate their culture and traditions.

 Costumes of Thai people. 
The Ede ethnic people from the Central Highland province of Daklak reenacted the excerpt from their unique ceremony called Cung Che or Jar Worship Ceremony.
 The Jar Worshipping Ceremony is practiced by these people every year to enhance the bond among villagers. 
 Housewives prepared food and offerings for the ceremony in advance.
 The shaman is the person who plays the most important role in the ceremony, helping to “enter the soul” for the jar.
 After the wine-pouring ceremony, everyone may dance and sing happily and attend the party until late at night.
 A tourist took photos with Ede ethnic people, the 12th most populous of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam, totaling 330,000