Autumn season from August to October is the best time to experience greatest things in Northern regions of Vietnam. Being one amongst wonderful destinations to visit, Moc Chau has been favorite place for travelers to drop by on their way throughout Vietnam which contains stunning natural scenery and unique local culture of ethnic minorities. Up to Moc Chau, visitors will not only be overwhelmed by endless immense green tea fields and unique highland love fairs, but also by distinctive colorful Independence Festival occurred only in Moc Chau in September 2nd every year.
About Independent Festival
Independent Festival is distinguished celebration of the Mong ethnicity group. For a long time, the Mong people in Moc Chau and Son La in general was considered 2nd September, the day President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence at Ba Dinh Square and also the history of the country's National Day, one of the traditional holiday of the region. This is the occasion to organize Hmong cultural and artistic activities to show love to country. With ethnic Hmong, an independent New Year has become a significant festival for many years. In celebration of this significance, the people celebrate the festival even more monumental than the traditional Lunar New Year.
What to see
In the Independence Celebration, visitors will catch the images of local Mong males and females in colorful traditional costumes hands in hands making way through the crowd to the centre of the town. Coming to Moc Chau this time, travelers will have opportunity to witness one of the biggest and most fantastic Love Fairs in Northern region. The Festival was originally celebrated by only the Mong in Moc Chau, but this occasion has also attracted the Mong ethnic people in the Song Ma district, Thuan Chau, Yen Chau, Phu Yen... in Son La, even the Hmong in Thanh Hoa, Nghe An comes up; the Hmong in Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Ha Giang comes down to join... There are families who have overcome distance of nearly 100 km hill to get in the atmosphere.
During these days, guests coming here will find decorative offerings flooding all the ways in town. They will be amazed and impressed with the experience and feeling brought by the beauty of colorful cultures of the Mong ethnic people. From 31/8 onward, through all the streets as Mai Chau, Bac Yen, there easily catches the pictures of strange people from different regions making friends, chatting, drinking together in the most animated atmosphere can be seen.
What to do
Visitors attending the Festival will not only have chance to eye the beauty of ethnic traditional costume outside, but also to participate and learn a variety of activities. This year th Independence Celebration will host cultural festival of ethnic minorities in Moc Chau district includes tug, push sticks, firing crossbows, dance, beat tu lu, pounding thick cake, “con” tossing, cultural performances, ethnic groups’ cuisine, along with the cultural program as performances of folk dancers, ethnic musical rhythm...
Apart from joining the largest Love fair of the North in this occasion, visitors also can spend time wandering around local markets which are only opened in this Festival. For a few years, people from the ethnic Hmong in Lao Cai, Yen Bai also brought some products, specialties, particularly textiles and Mong skirt to exchange, purchase and sale creating a picture of colorful cultural costumes of various ethnic groups.
The night in 1st September is called the “white night”, night of love exchange market where the boys and girls send to each other all their missing, love, and emotional moments. Guests can visit this special fair but remember not to disturb the deposition moments of lovers. Let them have private, sacred moments dissolving along with heaven and earth. Then the next morning, the Mong woman returned to cultivation, fields and gardens, and the men come back to their common livelihood.
Where to stay
Moc Chau, like other Northern regions of Vietnam, bears the most beautiful natural scenery along with many fascinating cultural activities and festivals in this season. As a result, Moc Chau this time annually attracts a large volume of not only visitors who would love to discover local features, but also Mong people from other regions coming to join the Celebration together. It also means that travelers visiting Moc Chau during this time will find it difficult to find accommodation to stay as it is too crowded and prices are pushed up high. Fortunately, in Moc Chau there are homestays of local people where visitors can stay and experience the most authentic and fantastic moments with the residents. At present, Vietnam Homestay is working as a bridge developing homestays and connecting travelers with local dwellers. The homestay network is promised not to stop but continually expanded, providing travelers with far better options for interactive stay. There in Moc Chau, travelers can stay at Homestay Moc Chau, Mr. Tuan Ha Homestay, Mr. Tri Homestay, and Mr. Tuan Homestay. Specially, in this year’s Celebration, there will be special offer for travelers booking homestay in Moc Chau via vietnamhomestay.vn as special thanks. Turning to details, guests will receive 10% off for booking before 25th August 2016.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to go up to Moc Chau to explore one of the most fantastic Festivals of the year.