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Lieu Doi Wrestling Festival – Ha Nam

February 9, 2019

Lieu Doi Wrestling Festival is held in Lieu Doi Village, Liem The Commune, Thanh Liem District, Ha Nam province. This village festival occurs annually on the 5th day of the 1st lunar month. The villagers hold this wrestling festival to thank Thanh Ong (a man of the Doan family who fought against Chinese invaders and was also the ancestor of wrestling).

The procession ceremony begins in the solemn atmosphere of the martial spirit. The next phase of the festival is the open fire ceremony. A great flame is set up, and an alderman hands over the sword and a reddish towel to the wrestlers. This ceremony is called “giving of the sword and the reddish clothes ceremony”. The last activity is the Thanh Dong ceremony and after several solemn ceremonies, the wrestling competition begins. First, two boys are elected by the villagers to wrestle for five rounds as a presentation (Five Round Custom). Next, the wrestlers from other localities participate in the round.


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