(VOV) -Nearly 200 Mong ethnic people in the northern province of Ha Giang have enjoyed the impressive sights and sounds at the Mong Panpipe Festival, starting on August 31.
The festival, the first of its kind, is taking place at Dong Van ancient market – one of Ha Giang’s famous tourist attractions.
The panpipe is a musical instrument synonymous with the daily life of the Mong people.
Although it was first used in spiritual rituals, the panpipe was then widely included in other activities, in particular as a way for young people to convey their messages to their beloved.
However, these days not many Mong people are keen on using this musical instrument and it is now rarely seen, even in their traditional festivals.
In an effort to preserve the panpipe, the Ha Giang provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and an international organisation have jointly held courses for youths to make and blow panpipes.
The Dong Van district’s People’s Committee has also held many cultural events to encourage Mong people to use the panpipe more frequently. It has decided to organise the annual Mong Panpipe Festival at a time which coincides with Vietnam’s National Day (September 2).