On the 24th and the 25th February, 2018, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Bình Phước Province will bring visitors a colourful program that involves people living in the eastern land of the South. Visitors will have interesting experiences with the ethnic cultural heritage such as gongs, folk songs, traditional brocade weaving of the Xtieng; sa dăm dance and traditional orchestra of the Khmer. In addition, visitors also have an opportunity to enjoy local cuisine such as bamboo sprouts fried with local leaves, baked skewer-pork, tube cakes, noodles with sauces of the Xtieng and the Khmer. Regional specialties such as cashew nuts, pepper, wine drunk out of jars, chopsticks made of local leaves... are also introduced on this occasion. People who love the culture of Bình Phước also have the opportunity to exchange and talk with researchers to learn about the customs and festivals of some ethnic groups in this area.
Beside these activities, the spirit of Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tết) is also an integral part of the program. Visitors have a chance to learn more about the beauty of the traditional New Year through such performances as four supernatural creature dance, calligraphy, printing Đông Hồ paintings, swinging, playing clay crackers... Children can play many folk games such as: blindfolded beating coconut shells, hiding towel, throwing towel of the Khmer, rolling grapefruit of the Si La, tug-of-war of the Thái and the Việt, hitting trees of the Mnông... as well as freely discovering 12 animal designations through paintings or hand-crafting tò he. Especially, on the 24th February, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology will set fireworks made by the artisans from Hải Dương Province to celebrate the New Year with the hope to exorcise evil spirits and bring peace for everyone.
Prof. Dr. Võ Quang Trọng, director of the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, said: The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is always seeking for opportunities to introduce to the public the cultural identity of ethnic groups in Vietnam. Each year, we choose a theme associated with a particular region and its ethnic groups. Until now, the Museum has become a popular cultural address for the public on the occasion of the New Year. The Museum's New Year Festival that is educational not only meets the leisure and entertainment needs of visitors but also helps people to improve their understanding of cultural values as well as to contribute positively to the preservation and promotion of the values of the national cultural heritage.
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