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Unique cockscomb flower Tet festival of Cong ethnic people

November 25, 2020 | 08:04

Tet hoa mao ga (Cockscomb flower Tet festival) is one of the most important celebrations of the Cong ethnic group in the northern province of Dien Bien. It has existed for generations and reflected the distinctive cultural identity of the local people.

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Unique cockscomb flower Tet festival of Cong ethnic people
Photo: Nguyen Xuan Tien/ VNA

In September annually, when the Cong ethnic people complete their crops, they celebrate Tet hoa mao ga (Cockscomb flower Tet festival). This year, Tet hoa mao ga takes place on November 23 and November 24, Vietnam News Agency reported.

Tet hoa mao ga features a series of rituals and ceremonies which help to strengthen the solidarity and connectivity within the community. Tet Hoa mao ga was recognized as one of the eight national intangible cultural heritages of Dien Bien province.

The Cong ethnic people consider the cockscomb as "sacred flower" and a symbol of good luck and happiness.

Unique cockscomb flower Tet festival of Cong ethnic people

People prepare sacrifices (pigs) to invite the genies and ancestors to attend Tet hoa mao ga

Photo: Nguyen Xuan Tien/ VNA

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During the festival, the Cong ethnic women put on the traditional colorful costumes.

Photo: Nguyen Xuan Tien / VNA

Unique cockscomb flower Tet festival of Cong ethnic people

People go to the fields to pick cockscomb flowers to decorate their houses. Photo: Nguyen Xuan Tien / VNA

Unique cockscomb flower Tet festival of Cong ethnic people

A priest performs the ritual of cutting chicken blood. Photo: Nguyen Xuan Tien / VNA

Unique cockscomb flower Tet festival of Cong ethnic people

Tet hoa mao ga is a unique cultural and religious activity that has existed for generations.

Photo: Nguyen Xuan Tien / VNA

Unique cockscomb flower Tet festival of Cong ethnic people
The priest takes chicken blood to mark the homeowner’s forehead to pray for bumper crops, good health, and peace. Photo: Nguyen Xuan Tien / VNA
Unique cockscomb flower Tet festival of Cong ethnic people

The priest takes chicken blood to mark a child’s forehead Photo: Nguyen Xuan Tien / VNA

Unique cockscomb flower Tet festival of Cong ethnic people
Sacrifices must meet requirements of appearance, color, weight, and health. Photo: Nguyen Xuan Tien / VNA
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