Whenever Tet holiday and Spring comes, people of all ethnic groups in Hoa Binh province join in the vibrant atmosphere of exchange activities and sports  competitions. In which, traditional sports have become indispensable "spiritual food” for many people. Thereby contributing to creating a joyful and bustling atmosphere in the first days of the new year, strengthening solidarity and community attachment, enhancing cultural and spiritual life, and improving people's health...

Stick pushing at the Gau Tao Festival in 2024.

Recently, the Party Committee, People's Council, and People's Committee of two communes Hang Kia and Pa Co (Mai Chau district) organized the Gau Tao festival of the Mong ethnic group in 2024. In addition to the traditional cultural values of the Gau Tao festival, other activities exchanging some folk games and sports such as: throwing pao, playing tu lu, walking on stilts, pushing sticks... are attractive highlights that make the festival atmosphere more fun and exciting.

Not only the Gau Tao festival of the Mong people, but also most festivals are held in two parts, including the ceremony and the festival. In the festival, an indispensable activity is competing in traditional sports. Typically: Muong Ethnic Opening Ceremony, Tien Pagoda Festival, Xen Muong Festival... 

The common point of ethnic sports is that they do not require too much technique, easyly practice and play, regardless of gender or age, and gather a large number of people to participate, especially on Tet holidays. 

Besides the development of many sports and modern forms of entertainment, ethnic sports still have a strong vitality in life and play an important role in festivals every Tet holiday. 

Hoa Binh province has always paid attention to preserving and developing national sports. Crossbow shooting, tug of war, stick pushing tournaments are traditional sports tournaments, organized annually by the province, attracting the participation of typical cores of the national sports movement at the grassroots level.

At the Sports Congress at all levels in Hoa Binh province, national sports such as crossbow shooting, tug of war, and stick pushing are included in the competition program. In localities, people enthusiastically and actively practice sports.

There are 835 grassroots sports clubs in Hoa Binh province. In which, 64 club pushing clubs and 60 crossbow shooting clubs. 

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