Opening ceremony of the 100 – year festival of Khau Vai love market and announcement of the re-recognition of Dong Van karst plateau Unesco global geopark30/04/2019

On the evining of April 29, in the rock maze area of Khai Vai commune (Meo Vac), the Provincial People’s Commuittee held  the Opening Ceremony of 100-year Festival of Khau Vai Love Market and announced the second time re-recognition of Dong Van Karst Plateau UNESCO Global geopark. This opening ceremory was attended by Mr. Pham Cong Tac, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Vice Chairman of National Committee for UNESCO Vietnam; representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Konstantin Vnukov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russian Federation to Vietnam; leaders of Na Po district, Quang Tay province and Phu Ninh district, Yunnan province (China); leaders of Chiem Hoa district (Tuyen Quang Province).

Phó Chủ tịch UBND tỉnh Trần Đức Quý phát biểu khai mạc Lễ hội 100 năm Chợ tình Khâu Vai.

Vice Chairman of Provincial People’s Committee – Mr. Tran Duc Quy delivered the openign speech of the 100 year Festival of Khau Vai Love Market

As for representatives of province, there were a lot of delegates, such as: Mr. Thao Hong Son, Standing Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People’s Council; Mr. Nguyen Van Son, Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee; Mr. Hoang Minh Nhat, Former Secretary os the Provincial Party Committee; Mr. Nguyen Trung Tai, Member of Standing Committee of the Provincial Party Committee, Head of the Provincial Department of Organization and Interior’ Mr. Ly Mi Lu, Member of Standing Committee of the Provincial Party Committee, Head of the Provincial Commission for Public Relation, Chairman of the Provincial Fatherland Front Committee; Mr. Sen Chin Ly, Member of Standing Committee of the Provincial Party Committee, Head of the Provincial Propaganda Committee; Mr. Sung Minh Sinh, Member of Standing Committee of the Provincial Party Committee, Head of the Provincial Party Committee’s Internal Affairs Committee; Mr. Hoang Van Vinh, Provincial Commissioner, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Council; Mr. Tran Duc Quy, provincial Commissioner, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee; and leaders of some department of the province; leaders of 4 stone plateau districts as well as numerous people ang toursist.

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Chairman of the Provicial People’s Committee Mr. Nguyen Van Son received the re-recognition of the UNESCO Global Geopark Dong Van Rock Plateau

Since its establishment, Khau Vai love market has undergone exactly 100 year, becoming a unique and characteristic culture of ethnic groups in Meo Vac district in particular and the province in general. Khau Vai love market is held only once on the March 27 acccording to the lunar calendar every year. This year, Khau Vai love market Festival is organized according to the provincial scale, taking place from April 29 to May 1 (March 25 – March 27 according to the lunar calendar) with numerous activities such as: Displaying and intriducing loacl and traditional products of 11 districts and cities in the province; Incense offecing ceremony of Ong Temple and Ba Temple; exchanging culture, arts anf tradditional folk games; black pig race of Lung Pu; manipulation of Mong trumpet; demonstrating corn wine cooking; nightingale singing contest; making Chung cake, cooking Day cake; tossing shuttlecocks for love representation; carrying water over the bridge; blindfolded looking for your partner; shooting crossbow; pouring water into the bottle; tossing shuttlecocks; singing to show for love representation; enjoying highland cuisine; loval traditional products at Meo Vac night market and Khau Vai commune,..

Speaking at the ceremony, Vice Chairman ò the Provincial People’s Committee – Mr. Tran Duc Quy emphasized that: The greatest value ò Khau Vai love market is profound humanity; praising naïve and faithful love among couple, which has great spread in the community. Khau Vai love market is not aimed at buying and selling products, this is where boys and girls can go to find their partners; it is also meeting place of lover who can not come together. They come to the market and hope to meet the old lover to confide and share the feelings. Especially, Khau Vai love market is valuable in the scenic landscape with beauty from nature’s creation, located in the area of Dong Van karst plateau UNESCO global geopark.

Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee  Tran Duc Quy said that: After 8 year of joining the network of Global Geopark, the Party Committee, authorities and people of all ethnic groups in the province have made efforts to preserve and promote the valeu of the park which is associated with tourism development, job creation and poverty reduction. In September 2018 in Italy, Dong Van karst Plateau UNESCO Global Geopark continued to be re-recognized as a member of the Global Geopark Network. In the coming time, the province continues to develop this achievements, to build, preserve and promote the values of Dong Van Karst Plateau UNESCO Global Geopark, contributing to the creation of Ha Giang’s development.

At the Ceremony, Mr. Pham Cong Tac, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Vice Chairman of National UNESCO for Vietnam Committee awarded the Certificate of Recognition of Dong Van Karst Plateau UNESCO Global Geopark to the Chairman of Provincial People’s Committee and leaders of such districts as follow: Quan Ba district, Yen Minh district, Dong Van districts and Meo Vac district. He also stated that Dong Van Karst Plateau UNESCO Global Geopark is a large geographic space, storing a wide range of important geological heritage towards the world. Dong Van stone plateau is Vietnam’s Global Geopark which was first recognized by UNESCO in 2010. This title has brought about new resources for socio-economic development of the province. The success of Ha Giang is also a reference model for a lot of localities in the country. Therefore, the province should continue its efforts in promoting the values of the Dong Van Karst Plateau UNESCO  Global Geopark, contributing to enhancing local socio-economy.

After the opening ceremony, the Art Program “Rock singing” took place, including 3 chapters: The Legend of Khau Vai, Dawn in Plateau and the Promise of Khau Vai, which reappeared the legendary love story; expressing the traditional cultural beauty of ethnic people in Dong Van Karst Plateau UNESCO Gloabal Geopark.

Kim Tien