13:18 | 05/05/2019 Culture & Art
Khau Vai Love Market is a unique cultural practice of locals in Khau Vai commune in Meo Vac district, Ha Giang province.
On the day the market opens, local ethnic women and men put on their best traditional costumes and go to the market where they are free to meet their former lovers in public.
Spouses do not get angry or jealous because the meeting at the market is supposed to be a temporary moment and does not affect their daily lives or relationship.
According to folklore, a man and a woman were deeply in love but were forbidden to be together because they were from different ethnic groups. They promised to meet once every year in the market in Khau Vai commune on the 27th of the third lunar month.
Going to the festival, visitors are offered a chance to enjoy art performances and participate in various folk games.
This year, the unique festival was held from April 29 to May 1 (25-27th of the third lunar month), attracting a large number of the local people and Vietnamese and foreign tourists.