- Take in the Tra Co Festival on a stay in Hanoi

May 19, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News can reveal that anyone who enjoys observing traditional festivals and celebrations should consider booking Hanoi hotels to coincide with the Tra Co Festival.

The event is held annually in Tra Co village, which is located near Mong Cai near the border with China.

People who want to see the celebrations unfold should make the journey from Hanoi for the festival, which will take place from July 11th this year.

The festival usually lasts for one week and once preparations for the event begin, no one is allowed to leave the village.

On the first day after the preparations have started, a procession that leaves and returns to the communal house in the village takes place, offering thanks and paying respect to the village genies.

Food such as glutinous rice and meat dishes are also prepared at this stage of the festivities.

Throughout the rest of the week, further parades take place, including one which is accompanied by an orchestra.

Agricultural contests are also part of the Tra Co festival, such as a pig-breeding competition and a cooking tournament, which usually results in the winners receiving acclaim within the village.

The final day of the celebrations is marked with a flower dance. This is carried out to ask the genies in the local area for luck, a good catch of fish and prosperity in every aspect of life.

Posted by Charlotte Springer

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