Drum Dance Festival of the Muong

(VEN) - The Muong ethnic minority in the northern mountainous region welcome spring and celebrate Tet (the Lunar New Year) with a traditional drum dance festival and other activities.

The drum featured in the festival is made of buffalo skin. It is about 30cm in diameter and 45cm in length, enough for drummers to easily play and swing. The drum dance was previously performed by only two people – symbolizing father and son, but nowadays it includes up to 10 persons to provide entertainment during Tet and other community events.

The Muong men wear their traditional casual costume to perform the dance.

Drum dance players must be in good health and capable of a flexible, agile and expressive performance.

The dance expresses people’s desire for a prosperous and happy life, peace and solidarity.

drum dance festival of the muong
drum dance festival of the muong
drum dance festival of the muong
drum dance festival of the muong
Can Dung

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