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Village marks Tet with wrestling bout

Update: February, 06/2014 - 10:37
(VNS) — All roads leading to the Thu Le Communal House, a national heritage building located at Quang Phuoc Commune in central Thua Thien - Hue Province, were busy yesterday morning. Thousands of people flocked to the house's yard for traditional wrestling. As a Lunar New Year tradition, the village holds a wrestling festival on the sixth day of the New Year for the entertainment of the local people as well as to teach the youth about traditional values. The event also encourages the youth to train the year round for the games to gain respect on each festive season.

Viet Nam News's Phuoc Buu took photos of the festival.

Centre of attention: The circular, sandy ground for players.
Gentle sport: A player must down his opponent without causing any injuries to his soft body parts.
Gentle sport: A player must down his opponent without causing any injuries to his soft body parts.
Rules of the game: The victor is the player who makes his rival "dirty on the back and white on the stomach," which means the opponent's back is touching the sand while his stomach is exposed to the sky.— VNS Photos Phuoc Buu

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