Ethnic minority preserving lion-cat dance

Recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage in 2017, the lion-cat dance is a folk art form regarded by the Tay and Nung ethnic minority people in the northern mountainous province of Lang Son as symbolising the conquest of natural challenges.

The lion-cat dance team in Coc Lao village is one of six teams in Hoi Hoan commune in the border district of Van Lang. With a love for traditional culture, the dance team has attracted many members, especially children. 

Because the dance is believed to dispel bad luck and bring good luck and peace, families in Lang Son often invite a lion-cat dance troupe to perform in front of their house.

In Hoi Hoan commune are 6 lion-cat dance teams with hundreds of members. After days of hard work, local people find joy in the dance, which has been handed down by their ancestors.

Many dance routines and performances have been revived after teams meet at local festivals and competitions. 

The lion dance of the Tay and Nung ethnic minority groups is an art form combining music, dance movements, martial arts, and cultural and religious values.

It not only expresses the sporting nature of local people but is also a symbol of prosperity, happiness, and blessings. It is believed that wherever the lion goes, he brings happiness, good fortune, and joy./.