The H’Mong people of northwestern Viet Nam celebrate National Day every September and this year the Government has given support by organizing an official festival celebrating H’Mong culture.
Every year large numbers of H’Mong people gather in the remote northwestern province of Son La on September 2 to celebrate Viet Nam’s National Day (when Ho Chi Minh re-unified Viet Nam by declaring independence from France in 1945) with a cultural festival highlighting the unique ethnic minority’s traditions.
11 H’Mong ethnic art troupes from provinces of Son La, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Hoa Binh, Cao Bang, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Bac Kan will participate in the festival this year, which expects to draw more than 5,000 visitors.
The festival’s opening ceremony will introduce an overview of H’Mong culture, followed by art performances, folk and modern dances, traditional clothes exhibits, traditional folk games, sport competitions, trade fair and an exhibition on the cultural socio-economic achievements of H’Mong people since Viet Nam’s reform period began in 1986.
According to Vi Hong Nhan, head of the Ethnic Cultural Department under the Ministry of Culture and Information, H’Mong people from the People's Democratic Republic of Laos, the US and Canada will also participate in this event.
Nguyen Ngoc Toa, Deputy Chairman of the People's Committee of Son La Province said that all preparations for the festival have been made.
The festival is the third festival for an ethnic minority group in Viet Nam, the others being organized for Cham and Khmer cultures.