Early New Year festival of Cong ethnic people
The Cong ethnic people in the northwestern region of Vietnam celebrate their Tet (New Year) festival, locally known as Tet hoa mao ga or Cockscomb flower Tet), in the 11th lunar month, praying for a new bumper crop harvest in the new year.
Let’s discover local people’s distinctive cultural identity of the festival.
|The Cong ethnic people are currently busy preparing for their traditional Tet festival following their crop harvests completed in the 9th and 10th lunar months. It is completely different from the Kinh, the largest ethnic group in Vietnam, who celebrate their lunar New Year festival in the first or second month of the new year.|
|The Cong people, numbering approximately 1,150, largely reside in Pung Bon, Huoi Moi, Nam Ke, and La Cha hamlets in Dien Bien Province.|
|La Cha Hamlet in Pa Tan Commune is one of the major hubs of the Cong ethnic people in Dien Bien Province.|
|A Cong ethnic man prepares offerings to his ancestors ahead of the festival. Along with pachyrrhizus and taro, Cockscomb flower is indispensable on the ancestral altar.|
|Lung Van Chanh, a resident of La Cha Hamlet, says this year local villagers will be celebrating their Tet festival earlier than last year following the swift completion of the crop.|
|Locals join hands to prepare various offerings to their ancestors during the festival. In the photo, they slaughter a domestically-raised pig to cook dishes for the party.|