Northwestern ethnic minorities’ stick dueling sport

06:00 | 26/12/2021 Culture & Tourism

(VEN) - Stick pushing (day gay in Vietnamese) is a folk game and traditional sports activity held on holidays, including Tet (the Lunar New Year Holidays), by ethnic minorities in the country’s northwestern mountainous region.

Game participants duel against each other with two-meter long bamboo or wooden sticks with a diameter of 4-5cm, painted in red and white. The participants compete within a circle with a diameter of five meters.

Each match includes three rounds, and the looser of each round is the competitor whose feet touch the line of the circle or is pushed out of the circle at the end of the round. To win, players not only need strength but also ingenuity, technique and psychology.

Not only strong and healthy young people but also the elderly and women love this sport. The game has become a special culture, beauty and a representative of northwest mountainous festivals.

northwestern ethnic minorities stick dueling sport
northwestern ethnic minorities stick dueling sport
northwestern ethnic minorities stick dueling sport
northwestern ethnic minorities stick dueling sport
northwestern ethnic minorities stick dueling sport
northwestern ethnic minorities stick dueling sport

Pham Tiep