- Take in the Cuu Ap Village Festival near Hanoi

June 02, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News reports people who have booked Hanoi hotels and want to see something out of the ordinary during their stay should consider taking a trip to the village of Cuu Ap.

Located to the north of the city, it is home to an unusual celebration towards the end of June.

The Cuu App Village Festival will take place on June 21st this year - or the 10th day of the fifth lunar month in the Vietnamese calendar.

It is a celebration dedicated to the silk worm and sees villagers racing to receive the creatures, which are seen as symbol of good luck.

Locals take to the river for the race, which begins at the Chai Communal House and ends at Xuan Vien Village.

Those competing will challenge for the top spot by racing across the river, with the hope of winning silk worms when they reach the other side.

Vietnam's silk industry is still important to the country, with silk weaving, embroidery and painting all carried out by people around the nation.

In some parts of the country, silk dying is still carried out by hand, despite the increasing mechanisation of the industry.

According to, silk painting in Vietnam rose to popularity because artists believe it is "a unique way to create mystique and a charming sense of the mystique in their paintings".

Posted by Delia Jones

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