Monday, 10 December 2012

Quan The Am fetival in Da Nang city

Every year, thousands of people, visitors and Buddhist monks and nuns attended Quan Yin Cultural Festival in Da Nang city.

Quan The Am (Avalokitesvara/ Quan Yin) Cultural Festival is organized on the 19th day of the second month (lunar calendar) every year with cultural activities which help restore and promote the traditional culture of Viet Nam.

The festival is held on Ngu Hanh Son, in Danang City, Vietnam.

The Quan The Am Festival consists of two parts: the religious ceremony and the festival itself. The ceremony of beginning sutra chanting (this ceremony is to pray for peaceful country and prosperous people); 

The ceremony of giving alms to the wandering souls (the monks pray the Buddha for peace and happiness to the living and for freedom from suffering to the souls of the death); ; Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue procession.  The Dharma-preaching sessions about Avalakiesvara Buddhisattava are also very interesting.

Several cultural activities bearing the national colors of Vietnam, such as singing folk songs, chess playing, music, painting, carving, lion dancing, classical opera also take place, camping, boat race; art performances,  Light” procession; Night-time Lantern Festival; Several other cultural activities.

Traditional culture of Chut ethnic group

Have you ever heard the name of dish - Poi rice? It is Chut people' s daily dishes. They cook it meticulously, including corn, upland sticky rice, manioc,... Poi rice is one of traditonal cultural values of Chut ethnic group.

Name of ethnic group: Chut (Ruc, Sach, Arem, May, Ma Lieng, Tu Vang, Pa Leng, Xe Lang, To Hung, Cha Cu, Tac Cuc, Ymo, and Xa La Vang)

Population: 3,829 people (Year 1999)

Locality: Minh Hoa and Tuyen Hoa districts of Quang Binh Province.

Customs and habits: Though most Chut live a sedentary life, their villages are quite separated and their houses are temporary. Each lineage has its leader and an altar to worship their common ancestors. Among the leaders of the lineages, those who can win the highest prestige will be proclaimed village chief. Matrimony is still practiced. The Chut have very simple funerals.

Culture: The Chut language belongs to the Viet-Muong Group. The Chut have inherited a rich folk art and culture. The folk songs are called Ka-tum and Ka-lenh, and are very popular among many people. The ancient tales of the Chut are diverse and have various themes. The Chut play pan-pipes and six-hole flutes.

Economy: The Chut are primarily involved in agriculture and they practice slash and burn cultivation. They also practice hunting, gathering, fishing, and animal husbandry. Carpentry and basketry are another means of income generation.