|The 6th clay breaking festival, which was held at Con Son pagoda in the northern province of Hai Duong on Tuesday, attracted a large number of local people and visitors. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Duc
HA NOI (VNS) — The 6th clay breaking festival, which was held at Con Son pagoda in the northern province of Hai Duong on Tuesday, attracted a large number of local people and visitors.
The festival brought together 250 players and referees, who were carefully selected from seven communes before the contest.
The game consists of teams which lay out slabs of wet clay weighing between 60kg to 80kg with a raised edge. The teams then mount the slabs on top of one crouching teammate who whirls and drops the slab, causing the edge to detach and straighten, with the winning team having the longest edge of at least 80cm.
Traditionally, the sound the clay makes when it hits the floor is also taken into account to pick the winning team.
After the competition, two teams of Minh Duc and An Duc communes won the first prizes, while the individual prizes went to Nguyen Van Thoang from Minh Duc Commune and Tran Dinh Phuong from An Duc Commune.
The clay smashing game is a unique and long-standing folk game taking place in the northern delta every year in spring. The farmers believe that the loud sound of the clay is a signal of a bumper crop. — VNS