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Mong traditional festival earns national intangible heritage status

Update: December, 21/2015 - 08:06

Nao pe chau festival of Mong ethnic people.

DIEN BIEN (VNS) — The typical traditional festival of Mong ethnic people, called nao pe chau, has been recognised as national intangible heritage.

Mua A Son, chairman of the people's committee of the northern province of Dien Bien Province, said the festival was slowly disappearing as a result of cultural exchange and integration. In addition, the number of ritual performers of the festival is decreasing gradually.

The local authority and people, therefore, have to join hands to preserve that unique cultural heritage of Mong ethnic people by celebrating the festival properly and annually, in order to attract visitors and promote its cultural value in the long term.

Nao pe chau festival is often celebrated in December after Mong people finish harvesting their crops.

As a time for relaxation after a year's hard work, the festival is an opportunity for local families to get together to revisit and exchange work experiences, which enhances their communal solidarity.

It is also an opportunity for them to pay tribute to their ancestors and gods that helped them in getting bumper crops, good health and a peaceful life.

On a vast farmland that is cleared and made into a festive area, the Mong people conduct ceremonies to expel all evils and thank their ancestors.

Many interesting activities are also held, such as pounding of day cake, blowing of flutes, khen dancing and pa pao throwing to find partners. — VNS

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