Honouring Hanoi’s tug of war tradition as national intangible cultural heritage
Thach Ban ward in Long Bien district, Hanoi city received special certification recognising its traditional local tug of war custom as a piece of national intangible cultural heritage on April 21.
The tug of war is part of a local festival held on the third day of the third lunar month (April 21 this year) to mark the birthday of Saint Huyen Thien Tran Vu.
Playing this game, two teams sit on the ground and pull a rattan rope through a hole in a wooden pole planted in the middle.
Leader of the Thach Ban ward receives special certification recognising its traditional local tug of war custom as a piece of national intangible cultural heritage
Throuch the practice, people wishes to pray to the saint for good luck and an abundant supply of water for agricultural activities and daily use.
Associate Professor Nguyen Van Huy, a member of the National Cultural Heritage Council, said the locality has succeeded in preserving and upholding the original values and form of the game.