Mong ethnic people celebrate New Year festival

Vietnam’s Mong ethnic minority group celebrates the New Year festival (Tet) following their own calendar, which has 12 months in a year without an inter-calendary month. This year, their Tet falls on Dec. 27.

On the first day of Tet, Mong people pay homeage to their ancestors with offerings of boiled, fried and grilled chicken.

Mong people in the northwestern region welcome Tet during three days. They often put their working tools on or beside the altar. In their tradition, everything has a soul so they stamp serrated paper on their tools to ward off ghosts and devils.

Mong people organise a ritual festival called Gau Tao on a large area, which attracts many local people to various folk games, such as stick pushing, bow shooting and tug of war.

In the cold weather, family members gather around a fire and taste Banh Day (a kind of round sticky rice cake), which is an indispensable part of Mong people’s Tet.

Banh Day is made of best-quality sticky rice, which is grown on the best plot of land.

During the Tet holiday, Mong girls and boys rejoice in the beautiful sounds of pan-pipes, perform dances and joyfully participate in folk games such as shuttlecock. These festive activities may last for a month, and then Mong people return to their daily work on fields in the mountains.

There is a special game on this occasion - Lay Pao. Girls often throw balls made of fabric scraps, 5-7cm in diameter, to boys, who then throw them back to their partners. As usual girls will throw the ball to those boys they like.

Mong ethnic minority people have their own language and long-standing culture. Pan-pine playing and umbrella dancing are two typical features of their rich culture.

On the Tet occasion, all people wear new clothes.


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Misses World on last day in Hanoi

Zhang Zilin, Miss World 2008, and Ksenia Sukhinova, Miss World 2007, had an interesting walk in Hanoi and participated in a special music show at the National Convention Hall on January 13 in Hanoi.

The two girls will return to HCM City today to do charity in some central and southern provinces.

VietNamNet featured their activities in the capital:

Miss World 2008 Ksenia Sukhinova

Miss World 2007 Zhang Zilin.

Miss World 2008 Sukhinova and the Chairwoman of the Miss World Organization.

Miss World 2008 Sukhinova and a Vietnamese correspondent.

Zhang Zilin tried on her Vietnamese costume, which she would wear at the gala at the My Dinh Convention Hall last night.

The ao dai for Sukhinova.

The two beauty queens at the National Convention Hall.

The two Misses World and the Chairwoman of the Miss World Organization.

The two girls with Hoang Kieu, General Director of RAAS Company, the sponsor of Misses World's visit to Vietnam.

The Miss World 2008 at the gala entitled "Singing from the Root" at the National Convention Centre.

Miss World 2007 Zhang Zilin

(Source: VietNamNet /VNE)

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Miss World visits HIV carriers in Can Tho

Miss World 2008 Ksenia Sukhinova on Sunday morning, January 18, paid a visit to an HIV centre in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

Miss World 2007 Zhang Zilin returned to China for her own business after a charity music show in the southern province of Kien Giang on January 17.

Sukhinova attended the inauguration ceremony of 30 charity houses for the poor in Phong Dien commune. Today, she met with and presented gifts to the poor in HCM City.

On January 17, the two Misses World, Chairwoman of the Miss World Organization Julia Morley and Hoang Kieu of the sponsor RAAS group went to Kien Giang province to present gifts to Agent Orange victims and poor people in Chau Thanh district.

They also visited Vinh Phong hamlet, Binh An commune, to present 130 houses to needy people there and participated in a charity music show organised by RAAS to raise funds for the poor at Rach Gia Stadium on the same day.

On January 15, the group visited children of fishermen in Phu Binh ward, Hue city and presented 37 houses to poor people in Phong Binh commune, Phong Dien district.

On January 14, the beauty queens went to two central provinces, Quang Binh and Quang Tri, to present gifts to the poor.

Some photos of the activities of two Misses World in Vietnam.

Miss World 2008 Ksenia Sukhinova in Can Tho on January 18

Two Misses World in Kien Giang on January 17

In Thua Thien - Hue Province on January 15

In the central provinces of Quang Binh and Quang Tri on January 14

(Source: Dan Tri)

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