The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has announced the recognition of an additional eight pieces of national intangible cultural heritage, bringing the total number to 48.
Four of the newly-recognised are from the northwestern mountainous province of Lào Cai.
They include the Roóng poọc (praying for bumper crops) festival of the Giáy ethnic people, the Red Dao people’s Put tong ritual, the silver carving of the Mông people in Sa Pa district, and Chang slaw (the making of paper cut pictures) of the Nùng Dín people in Mường Khương district.
The others are the art of Xòe dancing by the Thai ethnic group in the nearby province of Điện Biên, and the Pao dung singing and Cap sac (age-coming) ritual of the Dao people in the northern mountainous province of Tuyên Quang.
Meanwhile, the Mỹ Long Sea Worshipping Festival, held in Mỹ Long Bac and Mỹ Long Nam communes and Mỹ Long town of Cầu Ngang district, the Mekong Delta province of Trà Vinh, is the only representative from the southern region.