FAIR MARKETS IN HIGHLANDS

Ha Giang fair market is held once per week. There are some fairs organized on animal designation days or it is also called backward market. For instance, last week, the fair was held on Sunday, then next week it would be held on Monday as Lung Phin fair which is held on Tiger and Monkey day, XaPhin is held on Snake and Pig day,…

Exciting things in the fair market

Today, the fair is often organized on Saturday or Sunday from very early in the morning when the sun has not risen yet. Those people living on halfway on the mountain and far away hills up to “three knives thrown” go down to the market since the dew and gentle clouds are still sleeping by the mountain’s slope.

“Come as dated”, streams of people going down from the high mountains, from the valley to the market make the fair more crowded, busy and noisy than quiet usual days.

Highland fairs have had great influence on people’s thoughts and lifestyle here as well as other visitors coming to contemplate the beauty of highland fairs.

Each ethnic group brings its own character and beauty to the fair. Visit highland market, everyone will be immersed in colorful brocade, beautiful Nung, Dao, Mong, Lo Lo… girls in their traditional costumes which creates the fanciful, colorful and joyful atmosphere on this day.

Walking around the market and have some fun with highland fair makes us feel the real mystery beauty inside. No need to show it off but it still remains the humanistic and natural beauty.

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Local products sold and exchanged at the market are the crystallization of their diligent labor in highland where people have so many difficulties in life such as water and land shortages but they still move on and live happily with their passion. Moreover, those products also express their “life’s breath” culture of each ethnic group, for example, linen, brocade craves, food, musical instruments (Hmong pan-pipes) shops…

People coming to the market also have many different purposes: exchange, trade, meeting, love… All of those have forged the beauty of highland fairs. At any markets, we will see “thang co” pots are boiling and people drink wine, eat traditional dishes.

Everyone drinks to get drunk in love, in gratitude and in stories. Fair market is the place where people come to meet, share and pull string for each other. The girls will choose for themselves the most gorgeous dress to wear. Splendid dresses, graceful smiles, skillful and passionate pan-pipes sounds have connected many couples together.

They fall in love with each other since the first dance, first song and the first pan-pipe sound and they are just keeping dating to each other at fair markets which have become the nostalgia to people coming to market.

The diligence and love of Ha Giang women are expressed by actions, they go to the market, work hard to produce skillful and great products from silk and linen. On fair day, anywhere, we can meet faithful and gentle wives are holding umbrellas for their drunk husbands and lead the horse home.

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Besides exchanging products, local people also exchange the culture as well. Cultural galas, art propaganda guidelines and policies of the Party and State’s law are also taken place on the market day by agencies organized functional units in order to raise awareness of people; propagate cultural life and promote the nation’s cultural identity. The skits, repertoire and dance also reflect the lives, customs and traditions of the people of the highlands, the intangible culture, which attract many people to view and interact with and which haave become “a spiritual food” important, meaningful for the people.

Now, the lives of the people grows, markets are also many changes but the traditional beauty, the cultural identity of people forever endure and are still the unique traits of the regional highland markets Ha Giang.

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