Week highlights great national unity, Vietnam’s cultural heritage

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A highlight of the “Great National Unity – Vietnam’s Cultural Heritage” Week is the re-enactment of the culture of Cai Rang floating market (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – A week themed “Great National Unity – Vietnam’s Cultural Heritage” kicked off at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism, in Hanoi, on November 18.

The annual week aims to honour the cultural heritage of Vietnam’s ethnic groups and help to enhance the great national unity bloc. It marks the founding anniversary of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (November 18, 1930) and Vietnam Cultural Heritage Day (November 23).

This year’s event has attracted the participation of nearly 200 people from 13 ethnic groups, namely Tay, Dao, Mong, Muong, Thai, Kho Mu, Ta Oi, Co Tu, E De, Khmer, Cham, Kinh and Raglai, along with local tourism associations and travel companies.

A highlight of the week, which lasts until November 23, is the re-enactment of the culture of the Cai Rang floating market, which is part of a national intangible cultural heritage. Cai Rang, one of the three largest floating markets in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, specialises in trading fruit and specialties from the Mekong Delta region.

The re-enactment of Cai Rang market’s culture will include performances of the art of “Don ca tai tu” music and song, named in UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Various activities will be held as part of the week, such as ethnic group exchanges, a workshop on developing the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism and the inauguration of phase I of the Phap An Pagoda in the village.

At the opening ceremony, Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Tran Thanh Man said that the great national unity bloc is always the most important and strongest resource for the whole Party, people and army to overcome every difficulty and challenge in order to succeed in its reform and national development.

Great unity is also one of the most precious cultural values of the Vietnamese people, he noted, calling on people from all social strata to join hands and utilise the strength of the great national unity bloc.