Love Market in Quang Ninh province

(VOV) - Every year, Dao ethnic minority people flock to their “Dong Van Love Market” in Binh Lieu mountainous district, Quang Ninh province on the 4th day of the 4th lunar month.

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Cấp sắc” or “Quá tăng” meaning “maturity ritual”, is a typical cultural feature of the Dao people. They believe a man that has not passed a “Cấp sắc ” ritual can not unite with his ancestors when he dies and will not be recognized as a descendant of the Ban Vuong. An adult man who has not passed a “Cấp sắc” ritual is not acknowledged as mature and is unqualified to practice and attend hamlet rituals and works.

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Cultural activities are held within the event including the Wrapping Chung (Square) Cake contest 

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People come to the Love Market to meet their ex-boyfriends or ex-girlfriends

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The market sells traditional products of ethnic minority people
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Wool thread to embroid Dao women’s clothes
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The market attracts not only the Dao but also the Kinh, Tay, San Chi and Hoa