Lo Lo is one of the minority groups in Vietnam, located in Dong Van Karst Plateau, Ha Giang a long time ago. They also welcome Lunar New Year as Vietnamese people (at the same time with the Chinese calendar).
What to prepare before New Year
When spring is coming ( from January to March), the Lo Lo people are preparing to celebrate a new year. Not too crow, noisy, their traditional custom is simple but still is interesting. In Ha Giang, you can meet the Lo Lo people in Lung Cu ( Dong Van) and Meo Vac. It’s easy to recognize them with colorful traditional clothes that are different from Hmong people – another ethnic group in Dong Van and Meo Vac.
From the end of the year, every house in the village will clean the house and sweep rubbish to the road, which means to remove the unlucky things of the old year and bring good luck for the family in the coming year. They also stick the yellow or red papers on every item of furniture such as hoes, knife, plow, tree, animal lodging, etc. It’s the relaxing time of labor tools, they don’t have to work on the New Year holiday.
What activities of Lo Lo people in New Year
In the New Year Eve, Lo Lo people often organize a dinner. It’s the time the whole family can celebrate together. All members of the family were prayed for the health, invite the spirits of ancestors home for the celebrations.
The New Year eve is the most bustle night in the year. All villagers will wake up. The older people with children sit near the fire and cook the Chung cake which is a traditional cake in New Year and drink wine. The youth people pick some wood, vegetable or corn and bring to the home. It means to bring luck. Especially, they have to take enough 12 items, such as 12 corn, 12 eggs, 12 chickens, 12 fruits…It represents for 12 lucky months.
During the first days of New Year, the Lo Lo people in Ha Giang held some traditional games and dancing, pray for good weather for good cultivation, happiness and prosperity.
Each minority group in Vietnam has different customs to celebrate the New Year, but they always wish to have a good fortune in the coming year with good weather, cultivate, healthy and happiness.
If you are a foreigner and traveling to Ha Giang, Vietnam in the New Year period, don’t forget to explore the interesting culture of Lo Lo people. You can choose to travel with a local guide, who can explain to you the culture of Vietnamese as well as minority people. Besides enjoying the landscape in Spring, discover the different and interesting culture will make your Vietnam trip is unforgettable.
Have a nice trip!
For further assistance, please contact us by telephone or in-person at the following addresses:
No 246, Le Hong Phong St. Yen Bai city, Yen Bai province
Call : +84-38-992-7861