Ha Giang gets ready for love market festival
The festival will be held in Meo Vac District’s Khau Vai Commune in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang on May 11-12.According to organisers, the festival aims to preserve the cultural values of the local ethnic groups while attracting visitors and stimulating socio-economic development in the northernmost area of Viet Nam.
The Khau Vai Love Market is a popular attraction in Ha Giang, even though it is held only once a year at a distance of nearly 200km from the city.
On the 27th day of the third lunar month, local ethnic women and men put on their best traditional costumes and go to the market where they are free to meet their former lovers in public.
Husbands and wives arrive at the market together and start looking for their past partners among the crowd. Spouses do not get angry or jealous because the meeting at the market is supposed to be a temporary moment and does not influence their daily lives or relationship.
According to folklore, a couple were deeply in love but were forbidden to be together because they were from different ethnic groups. A violent conflict later took place between the two tribes, resulting in bloodshed for both. To stop the fierce fight, the couple decided to part ways with broken hearts. They, however, promised to meet once every year in the market in Khau Vai Commune on the 27th of the third lunar month.
The 100-year-old festival draws thousands of tourists from across the country and abroad. Visitors can enjoy traditional games and local specialties as well as explore the beauty of Dong Van Karst Plateau Global Geopark, Lung Cu Flag Pole, Ma Pi Leng Peak and Dong Van Town Old Quarter.