Tet hoa mao ga features a series of rituals and ceremonies which help to strengthen the solidarity and connectivity within the community. Tet Hoa mao ga was recognized as one of the eight national intangible cultural heritages of Dien Bien province.
The Cong ethnic people consider the cockscomb as “sacred flower” and a symbol of good luck and happiness.
People prepare sacrifices (pigs) to invite the genies and ancestors to attend Tet hoa mao ga.Photo: Nguyen Xuan Tien/ VNA
During the festival, the Cong ethnic women put on the traditional colorful costumes. Photo: Nguyen Xuan Tien / VNA
People go to the fields to pick cockscomb flowers to decorate their houses. Photo: Nguyen Xuan Tien / VNA
A priest performs the ritual of cutting chicken blood. Photo: Nguyen Xuan Tien / VNA
Tet hoa mao ga is a unique cultural and spiritual activity that has existed for generations. Photo: Nguyen Xuan Tien / VNA
The priest takes chicken blood to mark the homeowner’s forehead to pray for bumper crops, good health, and peace. Photo: Nguyen Xuan Tien / VNA
The priest takes chicken blood to mark a child’s forehead. Photo: Nguyen Xuan Tien / VNA
Sacrifices must meet requirements of appearance, color, weight, and health. Photo: Nguyen Xuan Tien / VNA