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Week-long events will celebrate ethnic heritage

Update: November, 17/2016 - 08:00
A member of the Dao ethnic group presents gift to a foreign tourist at the Việt Nam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism. — Photo vinaculto.vn
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — An event celebrating the diversified culture of ethnic groups will take place from November 18 to 23 at the Việt Nam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in the capital’s Sơn Tây Town.

“The Great National Unity – Vietnamese Cultural Heritage Week” will introduce and honour tangible and intangible cultural heritages of dozens of ethnic groups, said Lâm Văn Khang, head of the village management board.

“Tourists will have a chance to join the traditional festivals and rituals of the ethnic groups, which have been preserved for many generations, such as wedding ceremony of the Tày and a thanksgiving ceremony of the Gia Rai.”

Attending the event will be 120 village leaders and artisans from groups nationwide, including the Tày from Thái Nguyên, Xơ Đăng from Kon Tum, Gia Rai from Gia Lai and Ba Na from Phú Yên.

The opening ceremony will be held on Friday with performances featuring the traditions of each ethnic group and honouring national solidarity. It will be broadcast live on VTV1.

On the same day, organisers will present awards to the winners of a photo contest featuring the National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism – the common house of 54 ethnic groups. An exhibition of 150 best photos will be held at the village exhibition area during the cultural week.

Among the highlights of the event is the demonstration of traditional crafts of the Tày, Thái, Mường, Dao, Khơ Mú, Ba Na, Ê Đê and Khmer groups, such as brocading, musical instrument and tool making, as well as folk games and songs.

The programe is part of activities marking the Traditional Day of the Việt Nam Fatherland Front Committee (November 18) and Cultural Heritage Day (November 23). — VNS

 

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