Horse racing of Mong people

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(VOVOworld) - The horse is an important animal in the daily life of the Mong people and horse racing is a popular sport among the Mong men. During the national unity festival at the Culture-Tourism village of Vietnamese ethnic groups in Hanoi, tourists had an opportunity to watch the fantastic horse racing of the Mong people from Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province. At the starting signal, the jockeys crouch low on horseback and spur their horses to pass their competitors. Mong jockeys wear their traditional clothing, plus plastic helmets and canvas shoes. They ride with a bridle but no saddle. 16 horses race in pairs. Sometimes, a nervous horse gallops off the race track as the jockey tries in vain to control it. Some jockeys fall on a sharp turn, making viewers' hearts miss a beat. Vang Van Quyet and Vang Van Cuong of Na Ang B hamlet, Na Hoi commune, just finished their race. "I've been around horses since I was small. I sit firmly on the horseback and try to keep my balance. I … [Read more...]

Northern highlanders search for horses for yearly race

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In the lead up to this year's horse racing festival in Lao Cai Province, Bac Ha District, racers have been travelling to several highland villages to search for race horses. Thao Seo Lenh, a Mong ethic man in Ta Van Chu Commune, said, "In the past most people in Ta Van Chu Commune only raised horses for work purposes, but now more are raising race horses because of the annual horse racing festival was held in Bac Ha, which started in 2005. The price for a race horses has increased to between VND15 million and VND20 million (USD713.06-USD950.75)." Vang Van Cot, a Tay ethnic man in Na Hoi Commune, is experienced in raising horses.He said prices could be much higher for the best horses. "A good race horse can be over 1.6 metres high, and is usually between four and six years old," Cot shared. A race horse must be fed with over 10 kilos of fresh grass together with two kilos of corn per day, and should be trained regularly to maintain their stamina, he added. Last year's … [Read more...]

Bac Ha market – special cultural feature in Lao Cai

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(VOV) - Bac Ha market in Lao Cai province is held every Sunday morning and offers a wide range of products, including clothes, farm tools, and housewares. It is a trading center for ethnic minority people in Bac Ha district and neighboring areas. At the break of dawn, the market begins to hum with conversations and laughter. As the sun rises higher, the whole market is adorned with the colorful costumes of Mong women. It is not just a trading place but also a meeting place where young men and women find their partners. For them, the market is a like a festival, so they wear their most beautiful clothes when they go to the market. During the first days of the Lunar New Year, the most sought after items are kitchen utensils and agricultural tools. Vang Van Lo of the Tay ethnic group in Na Hoi wants to buy a plough. "This plough is US$15. It's expensive but I like it. I want to buy a new plough for a good harvest in the New Year," he said. Bac Ha is famous for its horse racing. … [Read more...]

Bac Ha market in the early days of the lunar New Year

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(VOVworld) – Bac Ha market in Lao Cai province is held every Sunday morning. The market, located at the center of Bac Ha district, the market is a trading center for ethnic minority people in Bac Ha district and neighboring areas. It offers a wide range of products, including clothes, farm tools, and housewares. The New Year’s session of the market is even more colorful and exciting than usual. At the break of dawn, the market begins to hum with conversations and laughter. As the sun rises higher, the whole market is adorned with the colorful costumes of Mong women. The market is not just a trading place but also a meeting place where young men and women find their partners. For them, the market is a like a festival, so they wear their most beautiful clothes when they go to the market. During the first days of the new lunar year, the most sought after items are kitchen utensils and agricultural tools. Vang Van Lo of the Tay ethnic group in Na Hoi wants to buy a … [Read more...]

Jubilant horse race in Thi Thung Mound

The horses all year round working hard to pull vehicles and carry goods today become racing horses in the cheers

In the morning of February 27th, in An Xuan commune (Tuy An district), the traditional Thi Thung mound horse race was jubliantly held. 32 athletes from the communes of An Hiep, An Cu, An Linh, An Tho, An Xuan (Tuy An district) entered the event. 32 horses were divided into 8 semi-final rounds; 8 winning horses were in the shortlist for 2 rounds. The result was the 4 fastest horses competed for championship. The traditional horse race in An Xuan is annually held on the 9th day of Tet at the national historical vestige of Thi Thung Mound. This event has become one particular cultural, sports activity at the beginning of the spring for tourists near. The racing horses at this festival are accustomed to carrying goods, pulling vehicles to help the local inhabitants with transporting commodities in risky mountainous topographic regions. The amateur athletes are sons of farmers who raise horses. That’s why this event is considered the event purely for provincial … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 27/2

Party features finest reggae music Once a month, The Skank The Tank – the Reggae Sound System based in Ha Noi, provides the finest reggae selections from the early 60's to the future dub sounds at CAMA ATK. Tomorrow, the music party which has been running for the past two years will return to the venue. DJ Mr Gonjaman will be playing a selection of LPs and teaming up with some live performances. Put on your skanking shoes and come to dance. The party will take place from 8-12pm at 73A Mai Hac De Street. Free entry. French films screen next month The Institute of Cultural Exchange with France (IDECAF) will host a series of French films in March. They include Et maintenant, on va ou (Where Do We Go Now?) which won the People's Choice Award at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, 2 Automnes 3 Hivers (2 Autumns, 3 Winters), Vandal and Les Beaux Jours (Bright Days Ahead). The films, which will be shown with Vietnamese subtitles, will be scheduled at 3pm every Saturday. … [Read more...]

Circus performs in central Vietnam

Artists from the Vietnam Circus Federation will entertain thousands of audience members in central provinces with a cabaret circus show on the occasion of the Lunar New Year (Tet). Numerous intriguing circus and magician performances will dazzle the resplendently decorated stage in a mobile circus tent with over 1,000 seats. Spectators will have the opportunity to enjoy award-winning acrobatic feats and displays. Along with comedic magic tricks bringing laughter to local residents, the animal circus shows including "horse racing the basin" and "Thach Sanh kills the python" are a favorite of the children. The event is scheduled to commence in the central coastal city of Nha Trang on March 7, after which the circus troupe will continue its tours to Tuy Hoa, Quy Nhon, Quang Ngai, Tam Ky, Hoi An, Da Nang and Hue.-VNA … [Read more...]

Lots of places for traveling and entertaining during Tet days

H’Ly waterfall in Song Hinh district is a promising ideal destination for tourists during Tet days

The traditional festivals, renowned scenic spots are the destinations for everyone to travel during the spring and entertain themselves during Tet days. Besides, for this Tet, the tourism enterprises do conduct lots of particular programs to serve customers. Playing Bai choi during spring days is one of the joy among the elderly. In Phu Yen, the bai choi festival during Tet exists in almost every locality with 9, 11 or 13 huts being erected in an immense area of land. Bai choi festival is one way of performing folk art, at the same time playing as a game bearing particular features of festivals. Bai Choi in Phu Yen has just been honored as the national intangible cultural heritage, together with other central provinces. Bai choi has been in the period of "renaissance", becoming more popular to the young, tourists who want to admire all of one bai choi game, listening to retorting sentences, learning about one form of really close and subtle traditional folk art. In almost every … [Read more...]

Lao Cai announces typical tourism events in 2015

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The Hanoitimes - To help visitors choosing appropriate destinations, Lao Cai Department of Culture and Tourism introduced some noteworthy tourism events in 2015 at the press conference in Hanoi on February 6. Speaking at the press conference, Director of Lao Cai provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Tran Huu Son said that last year, the number of visitors travelling to the province increased thanks to the opening of Noi Bai-Lao Cai expressway. He hopes that new tourism products including eco and village tours will help domestic and foreign tourists enjoy a very good time in a best destination in Vietnam. The first highlight of tourism events in 2015 is the reproduction of Lao Cai markets in Hanoi from February 6-15. The following events include Upper Temple Festival, the spiritual tour along the Red River, Sapa Cultural Week, Bac Ha Horse Race, Vietnam Mountain Marathon 2015, and mountain bike tours 2015. Particularly, the Sa Pa Culture-Tourism Week organized … [Read more...]

Traditional ethnic Tet customs to be gathered in Hanoi

Horse-racing show of Mong ethnic in the 2014 Spring in every region nationwide

The Hanoitimes - A programme themed "Spring in every region nationwide" (Sac xuan tren moi mien to quoc) will be held from February 7- 11 at the Culture –Tourism Village of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups in Son Tay town, Hanoi to restore traditional ethnic minority Tet customs of the Mong, Tay, Thai and Muong. About 140 heads of village and outstanding artisans of Mong and Thai ethnic groups from Son La province, Dao group from Tuyen Quang province, Tay and Nung groups from Lang Son province, Muong group from Hoa Binh, Kinh group from Bac Ninh province will participate in the program titled "Spring in every region nationwide". The event will also attract the participation of nearly 3,000 students from high schools, colleges and universities in Hanoi, approximately 100 oversea Vietnameses. The highlight of the program is Chung cake making for poor people during Tet and a cultural exchange among ethnic minority groups. Besides, traditional crafts and special foods of ethnic … [Read more...]

Sapa – focus of tourism sector in 2015

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(VOV) -The Lao Cai provincial’s People Committee on February 6 announced a number of noteworthy tourism events in 2015. This is a golden opportunity for domestic and foreign visitors and travel agencies to update information on ideal destinations in Lao Cai. The reproduction of Lao Cai markets in Hanoi from February 6-15 is the first highlight of tourism events in 2015. The following events include Upper Temple Festival, the spiritual tour along the Red River, Sapa Cultural Week, Bac Ha Horse Race, Vietnam Mountain Marathon 2015, and mountain bike tours 2015. Particularly, the Sa Pa Culture-Tourism Week held in Sa Pa town, Sa Pa district is expected to lure a large number of tourists during holidays. During the week, new tourism products will be introduced such as specialised tours, night at Sa Pa love market, flower display along the roads, street festical and a photo exhibition. Speaking at the press conference in Hanoi, Director of Lao Cai provincial Department of … [Read more...]

11 Koreans caught organizing illegal sports betting in Vietnam

>> Six South Koreans apprehended for organizing online gambling from Vietnam

Vietnamese police have fined 11 South Koreans who illegally organized illegal online sports betting in Vietnam, and ordered them to be deported. During recent inspections at the Topaz 2 and Ruby 1 apartment tenements in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, local police caught these foreigners using information and telecommunication equipment to illegally organize and operate sports betting activities on the Internet in several apartments. They told police a person in South Korea had sent them to Vietnam to work for the betting ring at a salary ranging from US$1,700 to $2,800 per person per month. Despite operating in Vietnam, this ring only served foreigners, from 7 am to 7 pm every day, ring’s members said. The betting focused on such sports as football, basketball, baseball, and horse races, they said, adding that betting payments were made through the South Korean banking system. The ring operated in Vietnam to avoid detection by South Korean police, they said. … [Read more...]

Britain’s UKIP set for landmark poll win

ROCHESTER, United Kingdom - Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) was set to claim its second seat in parliament, as votes were counted early on Friday in the town of Rochester, foreshadowing a possible political upheaval at next year's general election. The by-election in southeast England on Thursday was called after MP Mark Reckless defected in September from Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party to UKIP, which wants strict quotas on immigration. Speculation over further defections to UKIP swirled after Reckless suggested two more Conservative lawmakers could switch, piling pressure on Cameron six months from the May general election. … [Read more...]

Tabcorp Saigon Cup raises funds for children with heart disease

HCM CITY (VNS) - The Australian Chamber of Commerce (AusCham) will hold the Inaugural Tabcorp Saigon Cup horse race tomorrow to benefit Heartbeat Viet Nam, which raises funds for life-saving surgeries for poor children with congenital heart disease and heart ailments. The Inaugural Tabcorp Saigon Cup will take place at the Reverie Saigon Hotel in District 1. The day will include food, beverages, horse racing competitions. Participating guests will enjoy a hat fashion show by designer Kan Kanemura worn by models from the CA3 Artiste Agency Academy. … [Read more...]

Saigon Cup gets heart racing

The Saigon Times Daily Indeed, horse racing is huge in Australia, and the Melbourne Cup is one of the biggest events in the nation, akin to the fabled Kentucky Derby in the United States. This year, AusCham is looking to replicate some of that magic with the Saigon Cup. "Our event is modeled off the Melbourne Cup horse race, which will happen four days later," said AusCham executive director Phil Johns. Participants get to bid on horses racing, and there will be eight horses to bet on before the cup race, adhering to Vietnamese laws about where foreigners can gamble in designated venues. Bets will benefit the Heartbeat Vietnam and charity shows are part of the event. … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – Oct 20

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Here are some Vietnam's important news stories in brief for October 20, 2014. Politics -- Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung arrived Sunday in Hanoi after a successful Europe trip during which he attended the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit in Italy and visited Belgium and Germany. -- The National Assembly convened its eighth session in Hanoi this morning, with its top agenda covering the country's public debt and the corruption fight. Society -- An hours-long heavy downpour on Sunday afternoon continued flooding many areas in Ho Chi Minh City. -- Although two people remain unaccounted for after the fatal explosion in Ho Chi Minh City's District 12 on Friday, rescuers on Sunday found many body parts at the accident scene. A preliminary report released the same day by the district administration confirmed that the two were dead. -- A 23-year-old mom tied her 3-year-old son with string into her body and jumped into the Chu River in the northern province of Thanh Hoa … [Read more...]

Binh Phuoc to build resort for buffalo fighting, horse racing

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Authorities of southern Binh Phuoc Province have approved building the Bu Lach Grass Plot Resort for different entertainment activities including buffalo fighting and horse racing. The 408 hectare resort is located at the Dong Nai Commune in Bu Dang District, just 65km from Dong Xoai Town and near National Highway 14, which links to the Central Highlands. … [Read more...]