Museum of Ethnology celebrates minority traditions

Cultural activities of northern ethnic minority groups were demonstrated at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi on February 22.

To He, a traditional craft of toy figurine making, attracts children (Photo: VNA)

Ethnic minority members from the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai presented their heritage through performances of musical instruments like “khen” (panpipe), flute, and “dan moi” (leaf flute). The Gau tao Festival of the H’Mong people, ritual dance of the Dao Tuyen, and wedding dance of the Red Dao were also featured.

Members of the Tho, Si La, San Chay, Dao, and H’Mong groups brought their folk games to the museum and invited visitors to join them.

Additionally, visitors has the opportunity to learn more about Lunar New Year festivities in the Red River Delta through demonstrations of “phao dat” (earthen firecrackers) by natives from Hai Duong province, puppetry from Hai Phong city, and Dong Ho folk painting from Bac Ninh province.

Established in 1997, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology has served as a research centre and public museum with a mission to collect, document, preserve and exhibit the cultural heritages of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups.

It houses over 29,000 exhibits, including approximately 25,000 objects related to Vietnam’s ethnic minorities and their cultures.

Source: VNA

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