Monday, 18 June 2012 14:51

Events Cultural - Traditional Festival

Events Cultural - Traditional Festival
Dalat Flower Festival, which is organized every two years, is a cultural economic and tourist event and its purpose is to honor the value of Dalat flowers, affirming the position and potential of flower-growing career in the orientation of socio-economic development of Dalat city and of Lamdong province.
Dalat Flower Festival is a unique cultural festival of the highland city; it is also an exclusive tourist product which attracts lots of domestic and foreign tourists. The event is the opportunity to promote the images of Dalat city, advertising the potentialities and the strength of the city in order to attract the foreign and domestic investors who will come to Dalat to make the city an attractive center of tourist appeal and also a place for flower production, flower export of Vietnam in the years to come.
On December 22nd 2009, Dalat was officially recognized  ‘The City of Flower Festival’ by the Government..
Lamdong is the first-ranked province for producing and trading tea in the nationwide with the area of over 26,000 ha, in which many kinds of precious tea are: Oolong, Kim Tuyen, Tu Quy,... and mainly Green tea. Lamdong tea’s outputs makes up 1/3 of Vietnam tea and has been exported to many countries in the world. To honor tea sector and tea producer, Lamdong has organized Tea Culture Festival for every two years, which is held in the next year after Flower Festival. This is the occasion to advertise the brand names of tea producing enterprises and their products in Lamdong, affirming the strengths and potentials of Lamdong tea, meeting with other tea brand names across the country and this is also the event that attracts domestic and foreign tourists.
Dalat – Lamdong is the land inhabited by several people such as: Vietnamese, Chinese,... and especially local ones including the Lach, the Chil, the S’re, the Churu and so on. These ethnic minorities have constructed their own distinctive cultural identities that enriched the treasure of Vietnam Culture in terms of cultural festivals and rituals including Sarơpu Festival (Buffalo-stabbing Festival), Worship Ceremony on New Rice Crop, Cultural festival of Gong Performances, God thanksgiving ceremony, etc...Additionally the local people have still developed traditional vocations such as: brocade weaving, jute mate weaving, jug wine production and so forth. Annually in the season of festivals, local minorities organize traditional festivals and ritual ceremonies attracting a large number of domestic and foreign visitors to observe and join.
+ BUFFALO EATING FESTIVAL (also called Buffalo stabbing Festival)
Every year, at the end of the crop (year-end), ethnic minorities organize the greatest festival of the year to offer Ndu god and other gods and genies to express their gratitude to the gods who have provided the villagers and tribes with a prosperous year with many lucks and a good crop. This festival is named Sarơpu (Buffalo eating Festival) and commonly called Buffalo Stabbing Festival. The Neu tree that indicates their desires for wellness and happiness is indispensable in this festival.
Ma people believe that Yang (God) is the Almighty God and they also worship River Genie, Mountain Genie, Genie of Fire, etc. Particularly the Stream Genie worshipping rituals are featured with local religious beliefs.
It is the biggest festival of Churu ethnic minority, which is held in lunar February and associated with such agricultural rituals as worshipping Dike Genie, Dam Genie, Rice Genie and celebrating New Rice, etc.
New Rice Ceremony is one of the traditional activities of Ma, K’ho ethnic groups in B’lao, Baoloc town. This festival occurs nearly at the time with lunar Tet Holidays of Viet people. This ceremony is celebrated to pray for obtaining favorable weather and preventing wild animals from destructing planting fields. The ceremony of new rice worship is a convention to remind the offspring of appreciating paddles and rice.
The Cultural space of Gongs of Central highland was recognized as the oral work of art and the intangible heritage of human by UNESCO on 15 November, 2005. After Hue Court Music, this is the second heritage of Vietnam to be given this title.
The Cultural space of Gongs of Central highland covers in 5 Central highland provinces of Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Lam Dong. The owners of this cultural space, including different minority groups such as Ede, Bana, Ma, Lach, etc.
The provinces which have Gong cultural festivals will take turn to hold Gong festival. Dak Lak province, which has the most gongs in Central highland, is the important locality where gong festival held very often.