Ethnological Museum plans diverse program for Tet

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The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology will hold its annual Tet (Lunar New Year) celebration from February 6-8, with music, food and entertainment.

Ninety representatives from six ethnic groups will attend the festivities.

Representatives from the Raglai (from Ninh Thuan Province) and the Dao Lo Gang and Na Mieo (from Lang Son Province) will participate in the holiday program for the first time.

The traditional performances will include a gong ceremony by the Raglai, and prayers for peace and good harvests by the Na Mieo, Tay and Dao Lo Gang.

Representatives from the Nung will perform a lion dance while Thai performers will present a bamboo pole dance.

The event will also feature calligraphy and water puppetry from the Kinh majority.

Kids will be invited to play a variety of folk games, including swinging, wrestling, walking on stilts, chess and stick pushing.

They will also be able to make their own folk toys under the instruction of ethnic people - including figurines and pinwheels.

This year, visitors will be invited to enjoy traditional food from the Tay ethnic group, such as roast pig with mac mat (a wild leaf), steamed glutinous rice, dried buffalo meat and traditional cakes.

About 150 student volunteers will join museum staff in helping visitors enjoy the events.

Organizers of the event hope that it will help preserve and popularize the precious cultural traditions of Vietnam, according to Museum Director Vo Quang Trong.

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