Vietnam festivals and folk games


Vietnam festivals and folk games

Traditional festivals constitute a form of cultural activities, a spiritual product which the people have created and developed during the course of history. From generation to generation, the Vietnamese people preserve the fine tradition of “remembering the source while drinking water.” Festivals are events which represent this tradition of the community as well as honour the holy figures named as “gods” – the real persons in national history or legendary persons.

The Mid Autumn Festival

The Mid Autumn Festival

Nu Na Nu Nong – Vietnam festivals and  folk games

This is a girls’ chanting game. Several girls sit side by side with their legs stretched out. The head of the game recites a song; at each word, she uses her hand to touch another girl’s leg or foot.

Vietnam festivals and  folk games

Nu Na Nu Nong

There are several variations of the song, all of which start with the alliterative nonsense phrase nu na nu nong. One example goes as follows:


Battle of the Chickens (choi ga) – Vietnam festivals and  folk games

Cock fighting, a long-standing form of popular entertainment, is organised during traditional festivals throughout Vietnam.

Raising roosters for cockfighting requires heavy investments in time and labour.

Vietnam festivals and  folk games

Battle of the Chickens

The game of squares (O an quan) – Vietnam festivals and  folk games

Either boys or girls, usually age’s seven to ten, play the two-person game of O an quan (literally “Mandarin’s Box”). They draw a rectangle on the ground and divide it into ten small squares called “rice fields” or “fish ponds.

Vietnam festivals and  folk games

The game of Squares

Vietnam festivals and folk games

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