At the meeting (Photo: VNA)
Ha Giang (VNA) – The northern mountainous province of Ha Giang is gearing up for the second Mong ethnic cultural festival, which will take place in the locality on November 18-20.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Huynh Vinh Ai and Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Duc Quy chaired a meeting to discuss preparations for the event in Ha Giang on August 24.

Deputy Minister Ai said the festival aims to highlight the life and traditional culture of the Mong ethnic group while promote the image of Ha Giang which has the largest Mong population in the country.

Themed “Preserving and promoting cultural identity of Mong people in the country’s renewal, integration and development period”, the event is expected to draw 14 provinces where Mong people are living.

A variety of activities such as an art festival, sports and folk games, a traditional costume display, cultural life will be featured during the event.

Vice Chairman Quy said the festival creates a venue for local Mong artisans, artists and sportsmen to exchange experience with their peers and increase public awareness of preserving and promoting traditional cultural values of the ethnic group.

Present at the meeting, Deputy General Director of Vietnam News Agency (VNA) Le Duy Truyen said the VNA will provide extensive coverage of the festival.

With a population of about 800,000, the Mong is among the biggest ethnic minority groups in Vietnam. Most Mong people live in mountainous areas at a height of 700 metres to 1,500 metres above sea level in the north, north-central and Central Highlands regions.-VNA