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    Gau Tau festival of Mong people in Ha Giang

    Gau Tao Festival is a religious activity of the H’Mong group in Ha Giang that occurs mostly on the Tet Holiday or when the farm rests. This is the most typical festival of the H’Mong community with many characteristics that represent the traditional culture of this group. There are several reason to have a Gau Tao Festival, predominantly to give thanks to the Gods and ancestors for the wealth and health of the family. This is also organized when the people want to ask for something like prosperity, children, and love. Distinctively, a Gau Tao festival is not held by the village but a single household, so that there could be a number of Gau Tao festivals during the year.

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    Held in spring, from 1st to 15th January of lunar calendar, on low hill with quite level topography. The ceremony consists of distinct two parts but has closely relationship. The first can not held mentioning its Gau Tao ceremony to pray for happiness and fortune. The second is the Mong’s custom. One New year’s tree will be set up in the days before Tet, a wine- gourd and a piece of red cloth on its top to inform local people preparing for the festival. 

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    After the worship undertaken by wizard, there will be festival session with entertainment activities of Mong people such as dance with pan -pipe, humming – top collision, shooting cross bow , shooting bow and arrow , horse race, singing gau plenh, singing love story song, singing retort, singing trao duyen, festival singing, etc.

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    At the end of the festival, there will be ceremony of taking down on the neu tree and take the red cloth from the Neu tree to hang inside house to aspire to lasting happiness. “Gau tao’ festival is one typical cultural activity on Dong Van karst plateau Geopark.
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