Hoa Binh is a culture of many ethnic groups, with over 60% Muong people. Muong culture and those of other ethnic groups have been incorporated and formed distinctive features of Hoa Binh Culture. Ethnic colours of Hoa Binh culture include brass drum, Cong Chieng, Epics, culture of feeding, housing and dressing and other cultural diversification.
There are 112 brass drums discovered in Hoa Binh at present. In the old day, brass drum was highly regarded. It was used as a music instrument and in great part of important festivals and ceremonies: sacrificial offering to the God, praying for rain, gauds and burial rites. Brass drum was a symbol of power, wealth and influence. The sound of brass drum was order urging the army onward when the country was invaded by enemies, burial belonging of the dead. For this reason, brass drum has social and religious meaning.
Cong Chieng presents in all activities of the community: “sac bua”, wedding, funeral, hunting, wood pulling, new hocelebration, trance festival, time of natural calamities and enemy-inflicted destruction. Especially in Hoa Binh spring festival, there go Cong guid and Chieng guid to wish everyone Happy New Year (called “Sac Bua” Guid). In folk cultural activities, distinguished by De Dat and De Nuoc epic that describes and explains the original of universe, human and all beings with spiritual and legendary conceptions.
Their costumes are multiform and extremely original with birds, beasts, vegetation and sun. Their waist-bands and Pieu handkerchief are two perfect works of art. Thai ethnic group has many festivals with distinctive colors: Firing festival, wedding, new rice festival, throwing braid ball, and dancing with fans. Thai stretching dance is of the most attractive. Being treated with steamed fish and bitter bamboo sprouts in Thai villages, you are surely their distinguished guests. Many Thai villages in Mai Chau have attracted and astonished visitors by its natural beauty and original life style of Thai people.
Meanwhile, H’Mong ethnic group is residing on high mountain tops. Their clothes are designed in unusual patterns. It is practice of H’Mong men to “catch” wife-a very interesting custom and a consent to enhance the value of local girls. H’Mong people are the inventor of Cu Quay-a lively game attracting many participants. Pan-pipe playing and dancing convey many emotions and present a unique culture. Pan-pipe is a confidant of H’Mong people that has been imprinted in each habit and lifestyle of H’Mong people.
In giving birth to any baby, Dao people usually organize for offerings to pray for its growth in mutual love and compassion. Jump Tet is another original culture of Dao people, it is held in several families but regarded as common Tet of local inhabitants. They all eat, drink and dance cheerfully in 3 consecutive days.
Coming on this occasion, visitors will find hard to refthe enthusiastic invitation of the host, only when you have fully eaten and drunk do they let you to leave.