|A priest performs the Gié Khừ Già ritual to pray for rain. The ritual will be reproduced at the Việt Nam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism. VNA/VNS Photo Trần Trọng Tuấn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — A priest pays obeisance, says a prayer and leaves the offerings on the swing to start Gié Khừ Già (praying at the swing), a ritual to pray for rain of the Hà Nhì ethnic group.
It is one of several unique rituals and festivals of ethnic peoples living in the northern province of Lai Châu to be showcased in a programme called Colours of Lai Châu.
The programme will take place in April at the Việt Nam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in the Đồng Mô tourism area in Hà Nội.
The programme, meant to celebrate Việt Nam Ethnic Groups’ Cultural Day (April 19), will feature the cultural practices of groups such as Khmer, Mông, Tày, Si La, Thái, Hà Nhì, and La Ha and tribes from the Central Highlands.
The highlight will be the reproduction of a typical rural market in Lai Châu from April 27 to May 1, offering visitors local dishes, indigenous cultural and handicrafts products and folk games.
The ethnic peoples will bring their folk music and dancing to the event.
Besides Gié Khừ Già, the programme will also feature rituals such as Pang A (praying for peace) of the La Ha, the new-rice season welcoming ritual of the Si La and the Chol Chnam Thmay (New Year) festival of the Khmer. — VNS
|Ethnic groups from Lai Châu Province will perform singing and dancing.|