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Vietnam Ethnic Groups' Cultural Day set for Hanoi

Released at: 16:29, 17/04/2018

Vietnam Ethnic Groups' Cultural Day set for Hanoi

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Celebration of distinctive cultures to take place from April 19 to 22 at Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Dong Mo tourism area, Son Tay town, Hanoi.

by Le Diem

About 30 ethnic minority groups from around Vietnam will showcase their distinctive cultures at the Vietnam Ethnic Groups' Cultural Day from April 19 to 22 at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in the Dong Mo tourism area in Son Tay town, Hanoi.

Aimed at celebrating the Vietnam Ethnic Groups' Cultural Day (April 19) and in its tenth incarnation, the event is a festive time for ethnic minority groups to gather together and exchange their cultures as well as introduce them to local people and tourists through workshops and exhibitions. 

The event is expected to attract nearly 300 patriarchs, artisans, and people from 30 ethnic minority groups: Muong (Hoa Binh), Thai (Nghe An), Kho Mu (Dien Bien), E De (Dak Lak), Tay (Thai Nguyen), Ta Oi and Co Tu (Thua Thien Hue), Khmer (Soc Trang), Mong (Ha Giang), Raglai (Ninh Thuan), Gia Rai (Gia Lai), and Thai (Son La).

The highlight of the event will be a gala ethnic culture night on April 19 to honor the country’s rich cultural diversity, including performances of Vietnamese cultural practices and traditional customs.

In addition, festivals of the Khmer, Thai and Gia Rai ethnic minority groups, artistic performances by the Khmer ethnic group in southern Vietnam, and performances of central highlands melody songs will be held, with the highlights being the Chol Chnam Thmay, the Khmer New Year festival; “Du Ke”, a style of musical theatre created by the Khmer people in Vietnam in the early 1920s; and the Xang Khan festival of the Thai ethnic group in Nghe An, which reminds people to do good things for themselves, their families, and the community.

There will also be a series of cooking demonstrations of traditional dishes of these ethnic groups.

An exhibition will also display photos and objects related to the Gia Rai ethnic people in the central highlands province of Gia Lai, memories related to the day Uncle Ho sent a letter to the Congress of Southern Ethnic Minority Groups in Pleiku on April 19, 1946, and 50 photos on outstanding activities celebrating Vietnam Ethnic Groups' Cultural Day over the last decade. A conference reviewing the ten years of implementing the Prime Minister’s decision on the Vietnam Ethnic Groups’ Cultural Day will also be held.

Vietnam is a multi-nationality country with 54 ethnic groups. The Viet (Kinh) people account for 87 per cent of the population and mainly inhabit the Red River Delta, the central coastal region, the Mekong Delta, and major cities. The 53 other ethnic minority groups, totaling over 8 million people, are scattered around mountain areas (which cover two-thirds of the country’s territory) from the north to the south.

The largest ethnic minorities are the Tay, Thai, Muong, Hoa, Khmer, and Nung, with a population of around 1 million each, while the smallest are the Brau, Roman, and Odu, numbering just several hundred each.

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