On February 21st and 22nd, 2016 (lunar January 14th and 15th), a group of the VME's staff went to Trấn Yên Commune, Bắc Sơn District, Lạng Sơn Province to participate in and collect audio-visual material about Ná Nhèm festival.
The festival was recognized as the National Intangible Cultural Heritage according to the Decision No. 1877/QĐ-BVHTT&DL of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on June 8th, 2015.
The main space where main rituals of the festival took place is Trấn Yên communal house and Xa Vun shrine where the villagers worship King Miêu Tĩnh, King Cao Quyết and Saint Cao Sơn – Great King Quý Minh. There were two processions. The first one was to invite the village tutelary god and other gods from the communal house to the shrine to hold the ritual.
The second one was featured as a ritual praying for good harvest. The villagers carried models of male and female genitals, water (taken from the village holy well), herbal plants, rice, and other plants that produce edible tubes and seed... from the middle of the rice field to the shrine.
Tens of thousands of people participated in the festival and had a chance to enjoy cultural activities with games and performances of Tày people in the area.