(HBO) – Tay ethnic people account for 40.57 percent of the population in Da Bac district, which is home to five ethnic groups. They reside in the communes of Muong Chieng, Dong Chum, Tan Pheo, Tan Minh and Trung Thanh.
We felt the atmosphere of the National Day when
returning to Muong Chieng, which has the biggest number of
Tayethnics and is described as the "mountainous centre” of Da Bac district. The
National Day September 2 was an occasion for those living far away to reunite
with their families. Sa Van Xuyen, a resident in Na Muoi hamlet, said: "My
family has three children, including two daughters working here and a son
Son La.All of them have their own families. My son, Hung, and his wife have to live
far away because Hung has his own work while his wife is studying at
University. Only on the
occasion of major festivals my whole family reunite. My wife and I are waiting
to see them on the upcoming National Day or Independence Festival.”
Bang, a resident in Chieng Can hamlet of Muong Chieng commune (Da Bac), often
hold a ritual called "Lam cham” for his family according to Tay people’s
traditional custom after the Independence Festival celebration.
Bidding farewell to Xuyen, we came to Chieng Can
commune to visit Xa Van Hoi, who was a driver in the southern battlefield for
13 years (from 1970 to 1983). Recalling wartime memories, Hoi said: "The 13
years I was a driver at Unit 670 of Regiment 19 were also 13 times I spent the National
Day with my comrades and witnessed both pains and victories in the war. I still
remember the feeling of concurrently celebrating Tet (the traditional New Year
festival), standing guard and being ready to fight. It was not rare that I saw
my comrades were killed by the enemy’s bullets and bombs. Those pains nurtured
our undaunted and unyielding will, helping us fight for national independence.”
of Na Man hamlet, Muong Chieng commune (Da Bac), rehearses a singing and
dancing performance imbued with the
Tayculture before the celebration of the National Day September 2.
His children usually come home twice a year, on
the National Day (September 2) and the Lunar New Year. Hoi said: "Whenever the
Independence Festival comes, I’m eager for my children to come back to reunite
with the family. To me, seeing my children gradually growing up each time we
gather is the most joyful festival.”
Singing and dancing performances and sports
activities like volleyball and football matches between hamlets, and communes
on the occasion of the Independence Festival were always magnets for local
We also witnessed
Tayethnic girls’ dedication to a rehearsal before their public performance marking
the National Day in Na Man hamlet of Muong Chieng commune. Xa Thi Thay, who led
the hamlet’s performing team, said they were rehearsing a "xoe” dance which
would be performed together with other teams in the commune. We chose this
dance since it was deeply imbued with the
Tayethnic group’s cultural identities, showing the community’s solidarity and
Aside from entertainment activities, the "Lam
cham” ritual of
Tay people was also practiced
by many families in the Independence Festival. Xa Van Bang, a resident in
Chieng Can commune, said the ritual was often organised in the eighth or ninth
lunar months, but now some families hold this ritual on the September 2
occasion, when their whole families reunited.
(HBO) – The Military Command in Kim Boi district, Hoa Binh province, granted 78 bicycles and school bags to poor students at the Son Thuy Secondary School in Son Thuy commune on the occasion of the new academic year 2017-2018.
HBO –On September 5, representatives of Bao Viet Group attended a ceremony to begin the 2017-2018 new academic year at Hoang Van Thu High School for Gifted Students and presented Bao Viet scholarships to the school’s students.
(HBO) – Tuoi tre (Youth) newspaper and the youth union committees of the northwestern provinces of Son La, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Yen Bai and Hoa Binh presented the "Tiep suc den truong” (Give Students Strength) scholarships to 122 new university students with disadvantaged backgrounds on September 6.
(HBO) – The Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Committee of Hoa Binh province held a meeting on August 24 to honour prestigious individuals as well as outstanding village patriarchs and religious dignitaries in 2017. The event was attended by Deputy Secretary of the provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the provincial People’s Council Tran Dang Ninh and Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Bui Van Cuu. Hoang Thanh Mich, member of the provincial Party Committee’s Standing Board and President of the provincial VFF Committee, chaired the meeting.
(HBO) – Bui Van Bui, a 84-year-old resident in Ru 5 hamlet of Xuan Phong commune (Cao Phong district), has a deep understanding about the tradition of the Independence Festival celebrations in Muong Thang area. The old man said he has been here for more than half of his life. Muong Thang is changing day by day with hills of orange-laden trees and endless green sugarcane gardens.
(HBO) – In autumn days of August, we had an occasion to visit the Cao Phong – Thach Yen revolutionary base. Following the historical traces, we relived the old revolutionary days. The Cao Phong – Thach Yen land formerly had rough mountainous terrain.