On the top of Ba Na Mount (1452m above sea level) lies a Rong House (traditional house of many ethnic minorities), inside which the opening ceremony of 2003 Night Festival Co Tu is being performed. In front of the two statues of elephant surrounded by diversify of designs on kettledrum. Mr Minh is a patriarch of both Ta Lang and Giang Bi Village, was solemnly making an opening speech.
As the beginning of the traditional festival, of all who took part in the festival performed the traditional dances in the exciting sounds of drums and gongs. All participants wear the Co Tu traditional clothes, the village patriarch put on the peacock feather on the head and a set chunks of Neohouzeaua (a kind of bamboo) for boys and girls.
All gentle man used to shield, lances as a kind of property to dance and the women performed traditional dances which emulate their daily activities such as pounding rice, plunking rice and they also danced together base on the melody of “Solidarity of Co Tu people” song.
On this occasion, traditional Gong musical performance attracted a hundreds of people, both players and participants. Gongs or Cong-Chieng are musical instruments and considered an indispensable cultural activity of Co Tu peole. Use Gongs not only to beat the rhythm but also to play polyphonic music. Gongs hold great significance and value and have been an integral part of the spiritual life of many ethnic groups in Vietnam.
The night festival was really more attractive because of traditional games. Co Tu men played Stilt walking (stand on the two straight bamboo tree to walk), drunk “Ruou Can” – special wine of ethnic minorities and tasted roasted meat while enjoying Gong Show, crossbow shooting or spear throwing. It was eventful night party and hardly found words to describe exactly how wonderful it is.
After the main program, all participants of the festival danced to the most popular songs such as “Noi vong tay lon”, “Ngon lua cao nguyen” which made all people come closer. The festival was also the best time for Co Tu ethnic people introduced and sold their agriculture products and handicrafts such as paper, chili, beans, honey and brocade.
The festival is scheduled to be held annually to preserve and uphold the cultural values of the Co Tu people. Not only Da Nang city but Hoi An, Quang Nam is also an ideal place to hold Co Tu night festival. With high tourism potential, Hoi An is considered a must-visit destination in Central Vietnam. Enjoying peaceful sceneries combine with exploring cultural values, traditional festivals are the best way to fully experience Hoi An. If you want to learn more about Co Tu ethnic group, join Hoi An Easy Rider 2 days with us and you will have a chance to discover the authentic life of Co Tu people and their customs and traditions.