Mai Chau’s Festivals
Filled with ethnic groups, Mai Chau is home to many fascinating festivals throughout the year. We recommend five here:
- Xen Muong Festival: A White Thai festival held on the 10th day of the 1st month in the Lunar Calendar. This festival welcomes a bright future for Mai Chau, and pays respect to the people’s ancestors.
- Xen Xo Phon Festival: A White Thai festival held between the 1st and 28th day of the 4th Lunar Calendar month. This festival is held at the start of the dry season in Mai Chau, and is a plea for rain in the form of songs.
- Cha Chieng Festival: A White Thai festival held in Spring by a local shaman. The shaman is believed to have been blessed with the power to heal disease, and this festival is a celebration of thanks from the doctor and his people to the gods for said power.
- Xec Bua Festival: A Muong festival held during the Lunar New Year. A celebration of wishes! It is the custom during this festival to send wishes to one another in song, using a traditional gong as part of the music.
- Long Tong Festival: A Dzao and Tay festival held from the 5th to the 15th of the first Lunar Calendar month. This festival is related to the traditional farming life of the local people, and takes place in the area’s most prosperous rice field. It’s purpose is to pray for good weather, abundant harvests and an affluent life.