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Lai Chau to host Thai Ethnic Cultural Festival

Sat, 27 Dec 2014. Last updated Thu, 18 Jun 2015 14:28

Today, December 27th, the first Thai Ethnic Cultural Festival will be held with the attendance of 8 provinces to preserve and promote the cultural identities of Thai ethnic minority groups in the cultural diversity of 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups.

On the subject of preserving and promoting the cultural identity of Thai ethnic minority groups in the renovation and integration period of the country, the first Thai Ethnic Cultural Festival 2014 will take place from December 27th to 29th in Lai Chau Province with the attendance of the host province Lai Chau and other 7 provinces involving Dien Bien, Hoa Binh, Son La, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Nghe An, and Thanh Hoa. In the framework of the festival, many cultural activities will be organized such as public art and cultural exchanges, Thai ethnic sports exchanges, tourism promotion, an exhibition of Thai cultural heritage, an exhibition on a theme "Thai family story", an exhibition of introducing Thai traditional houses, documents, publications, photographs, utensils and traditional villages, and so forth.


Fan Dance - a traditional dance of Thai people


Thai ethnic group has the population of over 1 million mainly concentrated in the northern mountainous provinces and in some areas of the Central Highlands Vietnam. Thai people appeared in Vietnam millions years ago and often resided on the banks of large rivers or streams. Thai ethnic minority groups in Vietnam have their own language and script with the diverse folklore involving legends, folk songs, poetries, literatures, regulations, etc. Some of them have been well preserved. Thai people love singing and dancing. They own many special traditional dances which have been performed in many stages and attracted the attention of both domestic and international friends. The most famous handmade product of Thai ethnic group is brocade with colorful and special patterns.


Thai people in a traditional dance


In order to preserve and promote the cultural identity of Thai ethnic group in the renovation and integration period, Vietnam Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism in collaboration Lai Chau People's Committee decided to organize the first Thai Ethnic Group Festival with diverse activities and programs performed by Thai artisans, actors, and musicians. The opening and closing ceremony will promise to bring visitors traditional songs and dances performed by Thai artists, actors, and musicians.


A brocade booth of Thai people


Besides, performance of Thai ethnic costumes and traditional sport activities will create a wonderful opportunity for domestic and foreign tourists to enjoy and explore Thai culture. Exciting activities such as a performance of traditional Thai cuisine, an exhibition to display and promote Thai cultural and tourism products; an introduction of Thai family story and Thai cultural heritage... will be organized in the festival. Simultaneously, Lai Chau tourist destinations like Vang Pheo, Ban Hon, San Thanh, Pu Sam Cap also were prepared for welcoming tourists.


Thai traditional handicraft products


This is also a good chance for travel guides and collaborators to enhance their skills and the quality services. Being known as a potential province for Eco-tourism, in 2013, Lai Chau welcomed approximately 150,000 turns of visitors. Hosting Thai Ethnic Cultural Festival is a great occasion for Lai Chau to promote and attract domestic and foreign travelers visiting. The opening ceremony will take place tonight December 27th in People Square, Lai Chau City. The ceremony will be televised live on VTV1 Vietnam Television and Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

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