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
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
According to Le Hoang Minh, deputy director of the international relations unit of the city’s Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, the event enabled the students to exchange and study the history of the Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia relations, making significant contributions to nurturing the traditional solidarity and fruitful friendship among the youth of the three nations. A get-together held at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics and Law (UEL) to celebrate Lao Bun Pi May festival and Cambodian Chol Chnam Thmay festival. (Photo: thanhnien.vn) Art performances, fashion shows, traditional games, and food street display were included at the event. Particularly, the event featured Laos and Cambodia’s rituals like thread tying and water-splashing festival to wish for a year of happiness and prosperity. The Lao and Cambodian students were impressed by the activities organized in Vietnam to mark their traditional festivals. UEL Vice Rector Le Tuan Loc affirmed … [Read more...] about Traditional new year festivals of Laos, Cambodia marked in HCM City