HÀ NỘI — Hundreds of people from 16 ethnic groups will gather at Việt Nam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism near the capital to celebrate Tết on February 4 and 5.
At the annual gathering, called Sắc Xuân Trên Mọi Miền Tổ Quốc (Spring Colours through the Country), the ethnic groups from Việt Nam’s 16 provinces perform their traditional rituals to welcome spring. There will be folk songs, dances, games and a variety of cuisines for visitors.
The highlights of the programme include traditional Lunar New Year customs such as Nào Pê Chầu of the Mông group; the worship ceremony of Thái group from the northern Điện Biên Province; and goat-fighting hosted by locals from the northern Hà Giang Province.
The groups participating this year are Hà Nhì (from Lai Châu Province), Pu Péo (Hà Giang), Ơ Đu (Nghệ An), Mạ (Lâm Đồng), Chăm (An Giang), Dao (Hà Nội), Tày (Thái Nguyên), Mường (Hòa Bình), Khơ Mú (Sơn La), Thái (Nghệ An), Giẻ Triêng (Kon Tum), Ba Na (Gia Lai), Ê Đê (Đắc Lắc), and Chăm (Bình Thuận).
The village is located in Sơn Tây District, 40km west of Hà Nội’s centre.
Last year, the event attracted thousands of people from ethnic communities as well as local and foreign tourists. — VNS