Long Tong Festival

Long Tong Festival is the most important festival of New Year, associated with agriculture, held in the village to pray for the peace and prosperity.

The festival was originated since many years ago. It is passed from generations to generations.

Long Tong festival is annually held in Vinh Loc town, Chiem Hoa district, Tuyen Quang province on the 8th lunar January.

The festival is held outdoor in a large field. Before the festival, families clean their houses, prepare food to welcome visitors. In the festival, each family prepares a tray as their possibilities. A bowl of water, a plate of red sticky rice, a plate of yellow sticky rice, a boiled chicken, grilled fish, etc are placed on the altar.

The opening ceremony begins with sound of gong beats. The husband’s one hand has the bowl of water, the other hand has a knife. The knife is moved four times above the water bowl, and draw horizontal and vertical lines according to four directions of the east, west, south and north.

Traditionally, a bamboo tree is located in the middle of a large field. The sorcerer performs the rituals to pray for good weather, productive crops, peaceful life, good health, etc. The Gods as Than Nong (God of Agriculture), Tho Dia (God of Soil), etc are also worshiped.

Long Tong Festival is really a festival of charming cultural traits of Tay ethnic group. It is a chance for people to meet and exchange traditional cultural identity.

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