Cat Hai is an island district, located in the East of Hai Phong city and is about 39km from the city centre as the crow flies. This district’s name has been known since Vietnam was under the rule of French colony with administrative units coincide with the boundary and landmarks. Before 1945, Cat Hai belonged to Quang Yen province. In 1977, Cat Hai was found from the consolidation of Cat Ba and Cat Hai districts.
Residents on Cat Hai island district are originated from different regions including Thai Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Hai Duong, and are all good at fishing. Before 1987, there’re quite a lot of Chinese residents living here.
The highlight in folk culture of the locals here before August Revolution 2016 was Water Festival in Fishing Village with a lot of games related to fishing including swimming race, basket boat race on sea and so on.
Inherit and develop the folk cultural identities stemmed from daily life and work of the district’s residents, games and competitions on sea in Cat Hai are really the famous festivals of Hai Phong province. The festivals have the harmony among some unique programs of cultural and sport exchange between island district of Cat Hai and other outskirt rice districts and the neighbour province of Quang Ninh.
Fishing Village Festival is one of the famous festivals of Cat Hai and Hai Phong in general which takes place in every April 1st to celebrate the event in April 1st 1959 when Ho Chi Minh president visited Cat Hai fishing village, encouraging the locals in their works of fishing and protecting the sea of motherland. From that time on, April 1st has become the traditional day of fishery and the opening day of Cat Ba Travel, and also the starting day for fishing of the fishermen on this island district.
Dragon boat racing on Cat Ba sea is an indispensable activity in that great festival. During the time of festival, a number of competitions take place, especially the dragon boat racing between Cat Ba home team and their guesses from other region nationwide.
The dragon boat racing bears significant meanings. The dragon boat pushes off in the appearance of a flying dragon, connecting to friends everywhere. Besides, some other coordination games are organized including surfing, basket boat racing of the people in the Coastal Central region who join this festival.
Especially, in the festival of Cat Hai fishing village, two competitions of playing tug and dragon dance which only appear inland before, are organized here. In the crowd of boats on waving ocean, the participants are divided into two teams who are on two separated boats. People on each boat set their battle, grip the rope to pull it to their part.
The new thing in the festival of Cat Hai fishing village is that the Athletics for women on the distance of 4000m are added beside the one for men which is on the distance of 6000m.
This is really a cultural sport activity which helps in exercising both individual endurance and patience and physical health, courage for the sake of national pride. For the above reason, why do you keep hesitate to book a tour to Cat Ba to discover this special and interesting festival?