Harvest festival of central Vietnam ethnic group Every year after the harvest season, the Pa Ko, an ethnic minority community living in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, celebrate the Aza festival. This year, the festival was held on Thursday, December 20. The festival begins with the shamans making offerings to the gods. Most of the Pa Ko men are dressed in their colorful traditional attire, mostly red and black striped hand-woven fabric worn like a sarong, draped over bare chests like a sash and wrapped around their heads like a turban. The offerings made by the shamans include chicken, pork, rice, sticky rice and seeds. Two items that are crucial to this ritual are brocade and flowers made with bamboo. The Aza festival is the most significant cultural and spiritual event for the Pa Ko, so every house looks to offer the most precious gifts they can to the gods. The village elder conducts the Giang (God) worshiping ceremony that also has a foretelling tradition to it. … [Read more...] about A central Vietnam harvest fest retains its traditional trappings
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Japan Japan has two moon festivals every year, following lunar calendar. Zyuyoga is associated with the traditional customs of "Otsukimi" (meaning watching the moon on the full moon day in autumn). For the people in the land of the rising sun, the festival is the time for them to honor the moon in the fall, the only time the moon is at its fullest. In the Otsukimi festival, the Japanese often make Dango, a type of rice dumplings (mochiko). It is quite similar to mochi and is served with tea. On the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, the Japanese personally hand mix flour with water, pound it to create that structure-builder before proceeds to baking. Dango cake is presented with a Susuki grass vase during moon festivals. Also known as tail flower, susuki is a perennial tall grass that blossoms in the autumn. The moon watching ritual cannot be done without dango cake. Dango cake and susuki grass. Photo courtesy of Katorisi on Wikipedia The legend of Dango cake is traditionally … [Read more...] about Are moon festivals the same everywhere in Asia?
A festival was held in Dak R’Moan commune of the Central Highlands of Dak Nong on July 18 to celebrate the avocado season there. The event re-enacts a harvest festival of the M’Nong ethnic group. It forms part of a programme themed “Dak Nong: Ripe Avocado Season” to promote avocado, a distinctive fruit of the province. The festival is the largest celebration during harvest time when local people show their gratitude to farm produce. Dak Nong is home to nearly 2,600ha of avocado trees, accounting for some 20 percent of local fruit cultivating area, with average output of 10-15 tonnes per hectare.-VNA … [Read more...] about Avocado festival of M’Nong ethnic group re-enacted
Local resident and foreign visitor drink alcohol together at the avocado festival (Photo: VNA) Dak Nong (VNA) – A festival celebrating the avocado season was held in Dak R’Moan commune of the Central Highlands of Dak Nong on July 18. The event is a re-enactment of a harvest festival of the M’Nong ethnic group, part of a programme themed “Dak Nong: Ripe Avocado Season” to promote avocados, a specialty fruit of the province. It saw the participation of representatives from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation on a working trip in Dak Nong, tourists and local residents. [Activities to promote Dak Nong’s specialty avocados] A welcome ceremony for guests was held before the praying ritual began. The female host and visitors sang together while other family members played the gong and danced to welcome guests. Offerings included the province’s specialties that are in season, namely avocado, rice and corn. … [Read more...] about Dak Nong: avocado festival of M’Nong ethnic group re-enacted
The collection was acknowledged by the jury for its aesthetic quality, composition and discovery. The photo set explores a unique harvest festival celebrated annually on the fourth and the fifth days of the first lunar month by Bich Dai villagers in Dai Dong commune, Vinh Tuong district, Vinh Phuc province. To prepare for the festival, the villagers use straw threads which were cut and dried from the previous crops to make buffaloes and oxen. The festival aims to encourage all villagers to work harder while expressing their hope for favourable weather conditions and healthy crops. Earlier, the photo set was also named the grand prize winner in the fifth qualification round of the Vietnam Heritage Photography Awards. The awards have been held annually since 2013 by the Vietnam Heritage Magazine. This year’s event included five qualification rounds to choose the best entries to enter the final round. Entrants competed in two categories - photo sets and single photos. Each … [Read more...] about Photo set depicting traditional harvest festival wins Heritage Awards