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Ceremony dedicated to ancient tea trees

Update: November, 17/2018 - 09:00
Local roots: Ancient tea trees in Suối Giàng, Văn Chấn District. — VNA/VNS Photos Tuấn Anh
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The Mông ethnic minority group in Văn Chấn District, the northern province of Yên Bái, has long made a living from local tea trees.

Fired up: Fresh tea leaves are dried in huge woks.

Shan Tuyết tea has large, light grey leaves. One side of the leaf is covered with a thin layer of white fur. Locals call it trà tuyết (snow tea).

Community event: The ceremony gathers all adults in the village.

The tea has a sweet fragrance and once brewed the tea water has the colour of honey and tastes special. The tea is processed by hand by the Mông and Dao ethnic minority groups.

Hand-picked: After the ceremony, locals join in a tea picking contest.

The ancient tea trees stand on top of a mountain more than 1,000 metres above sea level, covered with clouds all year round. Each tree is a few metres in height with trunks a few metres in diameters. The climate and special soil conditions create a unique taste. The trees are grown naturally, without using any fertiliser.

Respect: A shaman at the worship ceremony.

Every year, in October or around the New Year, local people organise a worship ceremony to thank the heavens, the land and the ancient tea trees, which have brought a steady income for them.

Work and play: Young people join in a bánh dày (sticky rice cake) making contest.

Everyone gathers to prepare for the ceremony. Various contests involving tea processing are organised as well as folk games and local delicacies. — VNS

 

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