Festival celebrates Red River Delta
festival celebrating the culture, sports and tourist attractions of the
Hong (Red) River Delta provinces opened on October 14 in province of
The theme of the first regional festival in the province is “Culture – Motherland’s Silt – Convergence and Enlightenment.”
the numerous activities were photography exhibition featuring images of
the countryside and people, an agricultural competition for farmers, a
sports tournament and folk games.
A seminar on developing
tourism in the Delta region was held along with a meeting to review the
20-year construction of cultural villages in Northern Vietnam.
than 300 local farmers and 2,000 residents of ten northern provinces
and cities - Hanoi, Bac Ninh, Ha Nam, Hai Duong, Haiphong, Thai Binh and
Vinh Phuc - took part in the event, according to the Ministry of
Culture, Sports and Tourism.
There were also exhibits from 96 villages in 33 Northern provinces.
The highlight of the festival is the closing ceremony, which features musical performances such as cheo (traditional opera), contests and folk games.
were invited to take part in a carnival on the afternoon of October 15
along some off the main streets in Thai Binh. There were dragon dancing,
stilt walking and floats.
Cao Thi Hai, Vice Charwoman of the
provincial People’s Committee, said the festival would promote the
tourism potential of the region and foster greater inter-provincial
Nguyen Khac Phuc, a writer, said the event would
also be used to promote the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi
next year. “It can be said that Red River culture is the foundation of
Thang Long – Hanoi’s culture,” he said.
Phuc, who planned the
provincial festival, said Thang Long was built on the silt of the Red
River and that many of the customs of Hanoians bore similarities to
those of the people in the delta provinces.
The Red River Delta
region is famed for its number handicraft villages. It is also home to
the country’s largest granary, and plays a key role in the nation’s
The festival will be held every two years and the next will take place in Ha Nam Province.
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