2,022 people to participate in Xoe dance in Yen Bai province

Friday, 09/09/2022 14:51
A total of 2,022 people will particiapte in a Xoe dance performance of the Thai ethnic people at 20:00 on September 24 when the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai receives the UNESCO certificate for this art genre.
A Xoe dance performance (Source: VNA)

The art was listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at the 16th session of the UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which took place from December 13-18.

According to the committee, the art meets all of the five criteria set by UNESCO.

According to VNA, Xoe Thai is a unique type of traditional dance that is associated with and plays a significant role in the daily life of Thai ethnic communities in the northwest of Vietnam, especially in the provinces of Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Son La and Yen Bai. It is performed in various community activities, from festivals to funeral rituals.

There are about 30 Xoe dances, which have been developed, protected and handed down through generations intact over hundreds of years, including xoe quat (xoe dance with a fan), xoe khan (xoe dance with a scarf), xoe non (xoe dance with a conical hat) and many others with contents reflecting community activities and expressing the Thai people’s emotion. With gentle and alluring rhythms, dancers usually form a circle around a festive fire and move to the sound of melodic traditional music./.