Lai Chau to Host Inter-Ethnic Cultural Festival

October marks a special occasion for Lai Chau province as it hosts the inaugural Cultural Festival of Ethnic Minorities with populations of less than 10,000 people. The festival, centered around the theme "Preserving, promoting and spreading the traditional cultural identity of Vietnam's ethnic minorities" will be a unique event showcasing the beauty of Vietnam's lesser-known cultures.

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According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, a special festival will be held in Lai Chau province from October 6 to 8. The festival aims to celebrate and promote the traditional identities and values of ethnic minorities, educate about patriotic traditions and national pride, and strengthen the unity of the nation.

Lai Chau to Hold Cultural Festival for Ethnic Groups

13 localities, including Lai Chau and its neighboring provinces, will participate in the festival. Additionally, provinces across the country such as Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Kon Tum will be involved.

The festival aims to introduce and promote the nation’s cultural, sports, and tourism potential and strengths, especially among less-populated ethnic groups with a population of less than 10,000. It also seeks to raise awareness and responsibility in preserving and promoting the cultural identity of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam.

People gather for the ‘Thief and steal of fortune’ custom in Lai Chau

The opening ceremony of the festival will be broadcast live on Vietnam Television and Radio – Television of Lai Chau province. The festival will feature performances of folk music, ritual songs, and dances showcasing the unique features of each locality and traditional costumes of ethnic groups. There will also be exhibitions showcasing cultural products, artifacts, tourism, and traditional crafts.

One of the highlights of the festival is the exhibition “Cultural Characteristics of ethnic groups with a population of fewer than 10,000 people in Vietnam’s ethnicity,” which will showcase their villages, houses, economic activities, traditional crafts, costumes, rituals, and folk festivals. The exhibition will also feature the official logo design for the Festival.

Fanasy Nguyen Le