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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Farming ritual of Tay people

Text & photos by Ngo Vinh Phu

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Long Tong Festival is an annual farming ritual after the Lunar New Year. This is the chance for local farmers to give thanks to the earth, sky, and gods who have blessed them with a bumper crop and clement weather wind. Local ethnic people also pray for good health, happiness, and prosperity. During the traditional ritual of ethnic communities, people join entertainment and sports activities before starting a new crop.

Let’s see how the ethnic people of Tay in Quang Minh Commune, Bac Quang District, Ha Giang Province, celebrate the ritual.

The shaman is on the altar to pray for a good crop and favorable rain and wind
Next is the procession of offering trays by the villagers in Quang Minh Commune to the gods
These are the main agricultural products made by the locals, such as sticky rice, chicken, duck meat, or buffalo meat
A team of drums and trumpets with traditional dances of Tay ethnic people leads the procession
Tay ethnic women in traditional costumes join the ritual
Tay ethnic women in traditional costumes join the ritual
Tay ethnic women in traditional costumes join the ritual
After the procession, people join enjoyable activities, opening with the game, namely ném còn (ball throwing)
A foreign tourist excitingly joins the game
In any festival held by Tay ethnic people, playing Tinh lute and singing Then songs are indispensable
The main part of Long Tong Festival now starts. Local government leaders do the first plows, kicking off a new crop.
People join the rice transplanting contest
People join the rice transplanting contest
Folk games and sporting competitions attract the participation of villagers in the commune
Folk games and sporting competitions attract the participation of villagers in the commune
Folk games and sporting competitions attract the participation of villagers in the commune
Folk games and sporting competitions attract the participation of villagers in the commune
Folk games and sporting competitions attract the participation of villagers in the commune
Folk games and sporting competitions attract the participation of villagers in the commune

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