International Travelers Get a Taste of Farm Life at Quang Nam’s Festival

Over the past weekend, a festival took place in Tra Que vegetable village (located in Cam Ha commune, Hoi An city, Quang Nam province) to celebrate and hope for a bountiful harvest. Tourists from all over the world were thrilled to participate in various farming activities, including cultivating the soil and planting a variety of vibrant vegetables.

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The festival, which takes place on the seventh day of the Lunar New Year, is a time to pray for peace and good harvests.

In addition to traditional ceremonies like parades and offering to the goddesses, there are also lion and dragon dances. Many competitions related to agricultural production are held during the festival. International tourists are excited to try their hand at farming. They learn how to hoe the soil, grow vegetables, and cook dishes made from Tra Que vegetables.

A foreign tourist practices tilling the soil at the Tra Que festival. (Photo: Quang Nam Newspaper)

Michel, a tourist from France, said that he and his family booked a tour to visit Tra Que. The opportunity to attend the festival and learn farming with the locals left a lasting impression on them. “It exceeded our expectations,” he told Quang Nam Newspaper.

Tourists learn how to grow mustard greens with the villagers of Tra Que. (Photo: hoianrt.vn)

In early January 2024, Cam Chau commune also held an agricultural festival. Despite unfavorable weather conditions, international tourists were eager to join the locals in tasks such as scooping water with shoulder buckets, plowing with buffaloes, and growing rice.

In 2022, the Tra Que vegetable growing profession was recognized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Amy Mai Nguyen