Come to Lao Cai to learn the culture of Giay people

The Giay ethnic culture with more than 200 years in Lao Cai and the rich and unique treasures of ancient stories, poems, proverbs or traditional festivals has attracted many visitors to Lao Cai to explore and experience. . The Giay live mainly in the provinces of Lao Cai (Sapa Vietnam), Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Lai Chau and a small part live far away, evenly distributed in 39 provinces and cities across the country. In Lao Cai, they often live in villages where the terrain is quite flat, along rivers and streams to facilitate wet rice cultivation and because they live according to the concept of “settlement and happiness”, so they live in the countryside. usually live in one place for a long time. Over 200 years of living in Lao Cai, the Giay people have summarized, preserved and promoted their traditional culture, thereby forming a treasure of ancient stories, poems, proverbs or festivals. folklore…contributing to enriching the panorama of traditional culture of Lao Cai ethnic groups

The Giay people in Lao Cai, also known as Nhan people, live in the districts of Sapa Vietnam, Bat Xat, and Van Ban. When coming to these localities, visitors have the opportunity to learn a rich traditional cultural treasure of the Giay people, which is still preserved and promoted to this day, which is reflected in many aspects of cultural life, spirit and spirit. spirit and community activities. Coming to Ta Van – Sa Pa or Quang Kim – Bat Xat tourist villages in the festive season, visitors must definitely attend the most prominent traditional festival of the Giay people, which is the festival to the fields (Roong Pooc festival). This is a unique harvest festival held on the Dragon day of the first lunar month every year, with the hope that the dragon will spray rain to make the fields lush, attracting the participation of all families and many tourists. direction.

On the day of the festival, each family in Sapa Vietnam  will prepare a tray of offerings including pork, chicken, cake, incense, and flowers to be placed in the field, where the ceremony is held, and everyone wishes for a favorable rainy year. Peaceful wind, warm and happy. The festival has many folk rituals, activities and games, in which the throwing ceremony is also the most important: A high tree is erected in the most solemn position of the festival, on the top of the tree if hanging a circle about 1m wide, in the middle there is a hole about 20cm, glued with colored paper on both sides. One red side represents the sun, the other blue or white side represents the moon. After the ceremony, it is time to throw the dragon fruit, the festival participants will divide into two sides, try to throw the prepared fruit through the hole on the top of the tree, until the fruit still pierces the sticker. new. The fruit that is lucky enough to pierce the sticker will be brought home and placed in a rice jar by the owner, with the hope and belief that a prosperous year will come to the family

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