The Central Highlands province of Kon Tum has successfully restored as many as 19 festivals of local ethnic minority communities, as part of efforts to protect the ethnic cultural features from falling into oblivion.

The festivals were revived almost to their original forms excluding some out-dated practices by local village patriarchs and communities themselves, and will be held annually from now on.

Among the festivities are the Cha Kcha (burning-charcoal swallowing) festival of the Gie Trieng ethnic group, the Xo Dang’s M’ne (thanksgiving) festival, and Chong O Bon H’Lu (rice harvesting) of the B’Rau.

The revival of the festivals has helped preserve the traditional cultural environment and the intangible cultural heritage of the ethnic communities.-VNA