Vietnam - Country & People

The Game of the Dragon - Snake

The Game of the Dragon - Snake

<div align="justify">A large group plays the children's game rong ran (dragon - snake). In One person sits on a small hill or some location above the other players; he or she acts as the doctor. The other children stand in a line, holding each other's belts to form the body of the dragon-snake. </div>
   05/11/2008 11:39
Throwing a sacred ball through the ring

Throwing a sacred ball through the ring

<div align="justify">Each ethnic group in Vietnam has unique ways of celebrating Tet. The Tay people of Cao Bang and Lang Son Provinces have a special Tet game that not only ushers in the spring but also serves as a matchmaker.</div>
   05/11/2008 11:36
Human Chess

Human Chess

<div align="justify">&quot;Human chess&quot; is a popular game at village and temple festival. The game follows the general rules of Chinese chess. The concept is recognizably similar to Western chess, but with a different-sized board and different pieces, including cannons and guards, each of them marked with a distinct Chinese character. </div>
   05/11/2008 11:34
Battle of the Chickens

Battle of the Chickens

<div align="justify">Cock fighting, a long-standing form of popular entertainment, is organised during traditional festivals throughout Vietnam. </div>
   05/11/2008 11:31
Bamboo Swings

Bamboo Swings

<div align="justify">Swings have been traditional game at village festivals for centuries. A Complete History of Dai Viet (Dai Viet su ky toan thu) states: &quot;In the Ly Dynasty, in spring or the first lunar month, boys and girls get together and play this game&quot;. </div>
   05/11/2008 11:29
The Art of Traditional Wrestling

The Art of Traditional Wrestling

<div align="justify">On a beautiful spring day in Nam Dinh, a light breeze blows over the multicoloured traditional flags planted at the four corners of the arena where the finalists of the National Wrestling Championship are about to compete. </div>
   05/11/2008 11:23
Blind Man’s Buff

Blind Man’s Buff

<div align="justify">Children between ages six and 15 enjoy playing bit mat bat de (&ldquo;catching a goat while blindfolded&rdquo;). One participant volunteers to play the &ldquo;goat&rdquo; and another, the &ldquo;goat catcher&rdquo;. Other players form a circle around the players. </div>
   05/11/2008 11:21
Boat racing

Boat racing

<div align="justify">From time immemorial, boat racing has appeared in Vietnam. It is not only a competition but also a ritual in honour of the Water God, stemming from the act of praying for water among agricluture-based people. </div>
   05/11/2008 11:18