Mong ethnic group celebrates traditional New Year

Mong ethnic minority residents of Hang Kia Village, nestled in northern Hoa Binh province’s Mai Chau Valley, are celebrating their Lunar New Year (Tet) Festival, starting on the first day of the 12th lunar month.

Tet arrives for the Mong people one month before the similar festival of the Kinh, which make up the majority of Vietnamese population.

Despite the extremely cold weather, thick fog and drizzle, local children, dressed in colourful clothes, step out of their houses, enjoying the atmosphere of spring that is spreading through every corner of the village.

Look at the beauty of spring in the northern Highlands:

Travellers to Hang Kia village, Mai Chau valley, Hoa Binh must brave foggy paths
The village, surrounded by fog, experiences cold weather
During the Tet holiday, children have the chance to wear new clothes
…and new shoes…
…and play folk games with each other
Adults stay indoors, drinking wine around a fire
Children also need warming up