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4/12/2018 1:56:44 PM

Festival to highlight Ethnic Groups’ Cultural Day

Xang Khan, a traditional festival of the Thai ethnic group, where herbalists pay tribute to gods and ancestors who taught them to cure ailments, will be part of an  event to celebrate the Vietnam Ethnic Groups’ Cultural Day on April 19th.

Xang Khan, a traditional festival of the Thai ethnic group, where herbalists pay tribute to gods and ancestors who taught them to cure ailments.

Xang Khan festival was recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage last year. It is an occasion for people to express gratitude for local herbalists who cure them from illness. It is also a rendezvous for young men and women. At the festival, locals and tourists will have an opportunity to enjoy a show of traditional costumes of ethnic groups, gong performances, dances and folk games.

The Xang Khan festival will take place on April 21st.

It is part of a wide range of activities organised from April 19th-22nd at the Culture and Tourism Villages of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups in Son Tay district, 45km west of Hanoi’s centre.

About 270 people from 30 ethnic groups across the country will show off their distinctive culture, traditional festivals and worship rituals at the event, according to Lam Van Khang, head of the village’s management board.

“The cultural event will help honour patriotism, the cultural diversity and national solidarity,” he said.

Xang Khan, a traditional festival of the Thai ethnic group, will be part of an event to celebrate the Vietnam Ethnic Groups’ Cultural Day.

An art performance to celebrate 10 years since the first Vietnam Ethnic Groups’ Cultural Day will be highlight of the event. It will be broadcast live on Vietnam Television.

The performance will star troupes from the southern province of Soc Trang and the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum as well as of people residing in the village.

The cultural day of the Khmer people on April 20th will recreate the Chol Chnam Thmay, the Khmer New Year festival, and feature du ke, a style of musical theatre created by the Khmer people in Vietnam in the early 1920s.

Du ke originated from workers in the Mekong Delta. In the early days, it was performed on land, under a simple roof. Actors were peasants who portrayed kings, queens and ogresses. The singing drama uses poetry based on Indian epics, for example, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

On the cultural day of ethnic people from the northwest, the Thai ethnic group in Nghe An Province will present Xang Khan festival and a series of cooking demonstrations of traditional dishes by the Tay of Thai Nguyen Province, the Dao of Hanoi, the Mong of Ha Giang, the Muong of Hoa Binh, the Kho Mu of Dien Bien and the Thai of Son La.

The culture and music of the Central Highlands will be featured on April 22nd with the performance of the Gia Rai ethnic people. They will perform a ritual to pray for rain which is practiced in April and May every year to pray for rain and bumper crops. The traditional music of the region will also be played during the day.

A photo exhibition reviewing the activities taking place at the village during the 10 years implementing the Vietnam Ethnic Groups’ Cultural Day will be held during the four-day festival./.

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