Festival to honour cultural essence of Viet Nam’s Thai ethnic group
Update: Dec 18, 2014
The first-ever cultural festival of Viet Nam’s Thai ethnic group will be held in Lai Chau province on December 27-29.

The three-day event will draw the participation of eight provinces, including Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Son La, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An.

Typical cultural features of Thai people will be introduced to visitors during the event, including a show of their traditional costumes; performances of traditional festivals, rituals and cultural practices; displays of cultural and tourist products; and folk dances.

In addition, an exhibition showcasing photos, objects, musical instruments, and ancient books of Thai people will be open to the public on the occasion.

There is also a display of documents, publications and pictures on the daily life and traditional craft villages of Thai group.

Visitors will have an opportunity to take part in a wide range of sporting events, including stick pushing, ‘Con’ (cloth ball) throwing, ‘to ma le’ (throwing seeds of ‘ma le’ fruit), and crossbow shooting.

The opening of the festival will be broadcast live on December 27 on Vietnam Television Channels 2 and 5 while the closing ceremony will be aired live on December 28 on Lai Chau provincial Television.

The event is intended to honour cultural essence of Thai ethnic groups while advertising tourism potential of Lai Chau provinces to visitors.