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Mud festival in Van village

The Mud festival (known asVat Cau Nuoc) is a unique festivalcelebrated by locals in Van village, Bac Giang province’s Viet Yen district in Vietnam.

The festival features a traditional game played on a muddy field of 200 square meters in front of a local crowd. 16 local mendivided into two teams competed to win a large ball. The goal is to bring the ball back within your own zone and push the ball down the hole placed in the two ends of the field.This yearcultural event taking placefrom May 26-28 atTam GiangGods temple attracted many visitors including foreigners.

Images of the festival:

Members of competing teams perform traditional rituals

They drink wine before the contest

Kylin dance performance before thecompetition

Kneeling rituals held in front of a temple worshipping Tam Giang Gods

Competing members come to the stage

The ball is made of ironwood, weighing 20kgkilograms.It was passed down from generation to generation

Harshly competing for luck

The competition drastically takes place despite of muggy weather

Extreme actions are prohibited during the game however

The festival is held every four years since 2002

Muddy field makes it difficult for the players to win the ball

Seen from high ground
Foreignersare amongst locals at the festival

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Mud festival in Van villageThe festival features a traditional game played on a muddy field of 200 square meters in front of a local crowd. 16 local mendivided into two teams competed to win a large ball. The goal is to bring the ball back within your own zone and push the ball down
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