|The elephants will participate in a race, a soccer competition, and swimming race across the Sêrêpốk River. - Photo baotintuc.vn|
The Buôn Đôn District ethnic cultural festival in the Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands) province of Đắk Lắk will begin on March 12.
The three-day event will feature several cultural activities including a water wharf worshipping ceremony of the Ê Đê ethnic minority to pray for clean and pure water and good health, a buffalo sacrifice ceremony to pray for bumper crops, the Tây Nguyên Gong festival, ethnic costume performances, elephant contests and exhibition on tools to catch and tame wild elephants.
In the elephant contests, 18 strong elephants aged 18-45 will present for 18 ethnic minorities in Buôn Đôn District. The elephants will participate in a race, a soccer competition, and swimming race across the Sêrêpốk River.
The festival is held every two years to preserve ethnic traditional cultures and promote tourism in the district, which is famous for hunting and taming elephants. At the district, visitors can ride an elephant at the Yok Đôn National Park.VNS