Xa Pho in Sapa Vietnam is held on 9/9 every year to pray for good crops, cattle and poultry development, home prosperity and happiness. During the festival, the most unique are traditional dances, dance movements expressing the scene of increasing production and daily life. The Banana Flower Festival of Xa Pho people is held on September 9 every year to pray for good crops, development of livestock and poultry, and a prosperous and happy home. During the festival, the most unique are traditional dances, dance movements expressing the scene of increasing production and daily life. Before organizing the banana flower festival, the participating families bring gifts to the host family including: Rice, chicken, wine, 3 grilled birds, silage fish sauce, five-color sticky rice, chili salt…
When the dishes have been prepared
When the dishes have been prepared, the host presents them all on a rattan wicker tray and places them in rows in order on the land at the beginning of the village where the festival is held. Before the festival host performs the ceremony, families burn incense at their ceremony trays and make vows: “Thanks to ancestors, heaven and earth bless you and help your children and grandchildren to know how to make rice grains to feed people, today, the village organize a banana flower festival, the family in Sapa Vietnam makes a tray of rice placed in the middle of the sacred land at the beginning of the village, invites ancestors, land gods, forest gods, stream gods … to witness the heart of the owner with the gods and the deceased. When the incense fades, the head of the festival bows down and asks for permission to turn gold and signal to the families to lower the ceremony.
The dishes are divided into 2 trays
The dishes are divided into 2 trays, a tray reserved for men, relatives, guests are men and a tray for women. After eating and drinking, the head of the association and some young men perform a ritual of planting banana trees in the ceremony area, around the banana trees are arranged wild flowers, including red banana flowers representing good luck. When the preparation is complete, each young couple of young men and women perform rituals of praying for the harvest, expressing the movements of plowing, harrowing, transplanting, picking, reaping rice, hunting, etc., offering new rice and specialties: Fish dried springs, dried rat meat, wild bird meat, taro… During the banana flower festival, Xa Pho’s families in Sapa Vietnam abstain from allowing anyone to bring anything out of the house. Families in other villages that have not held a banana flower festival are not invited to attend.
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