The unique traditional festivals in Sapa

Alongside with the charming beauty and gastronomic wonder, Sapa also attracts tourists with lively and unique traditional festivals. Immersing yourself in these annual celebrations is definitely a wonderful experience you can never forget.

“Nào Cống” festival in Muong Hoa

This exclusive festival is held in June on the Lunar Calendar. On this day, the Mong, the Dao, and the Giay gather at the temple in Ta Van Commune to perform the spiritual ceremony. They pray for a life full of comfort and great harvest result. After the ceremony, the host will deliver the Convention of Muong Hoa, the provisions of the Convention fall into four categories: villages’ security, forest protection, cattle raising and social etiquettes. Finally, people will enjoy the feast together outside the temple.

“Nào Cống” festival in Muong Hoa
“Nào Cống” festival in Muong Hoa

The Dao’s Tet dance festival

On the first or second day of Lunar New Year, the Dao in Ta Van Commune celebrates this significant and sophisticating festival. The aim of the festival is to commemorate the Ancestors and to wish for a year of wealth and comfort. There are many exclusive activities including 14 dances of the chosen men, the worshipping ceremony of the shaman or the traditional art performances…

The Dao’s Tet dance festival
The Dao’s Tet dance festival

The traditional festival of the Giay – “Roóng Poọc”

The Giay ethnic group in Ta Van Commune celebrates this festival annually on the Dragon Day in the first Lunar month to wish for abundant crops, prosperity and favorable weather. Besides the traditional rites in the celebration, there are many traditional games, dances and intriguing music performance of drums, gongs, Pi Le clarinets. In recent years, this has become a magnetic event as it attracts tourists and people from neighboring regions.

The traditional festival of the Giay - “Roóng Poọc”
The traditional festival of the Giay – “Roóng Poọc”

“Nhặn Sồng” and “Nào Sồng” festival

This highly educational festival is from Giang Ta Chai Village, where the Red Dao inhabits. At the beginning of a year, villagers celebrate the “Nhặn Sồng” ceremony to spread the message of preventing deforestation. There will be an election to select a deserving person, who is called “Chẩu chiếu”, to protect the forest; simultaneously, he will deliver the agreement on the solutions of deforestation and punishments for any violators. Nowadays, the Red Dao holds this festival occasionally, only in the years when there is a high rate of deforestation by people.

The Mong ethnic group in Seo Mi Ty, Den Thang Ta Van as well as in Lao Chai, Hau Thao used to have a similar festival, which is called “Nào Sồng”. Apart from the forest conservation policy, the content of the Convention also includes crops protection, support in production and burglary prevention.

The traditional festival of the Giay - “Roóng Poọc”
The traditional festival of the Giay – “Roóng Poọc”

Spring Crop festival

January 8th on Lunar Calendar is the time when the Tay ethnic group celebrates Spring Crop festival. The ceremony begins with soil and water procession followed by the worship rites. After that, there are exclusive dancing and art performances of the Tay and the Dao. Especially, what makes people fascinated most is the Xoe dance, performed by the Tay’s females. In this dance, the dancers will invite the audiences to join and perform together with them. After the dance, the festival continues with traditional games including tug of war, greasy pole climbing, blind man’s buff,…