Ceremony honours art of Xoe dance of Thai ethnic people

Monday, 19/09/2022 16:20
On September 17, the northern mountainous province of Son La held a ceremony to honour the art of Xoe dance of the Thai ethnic people which has been listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Xoe dances performed at the ceremony (Photo: NDO) 

Vice Chairwoman of the People’s Committee of Son La province Trang Thi Xuan, said “The art of Xoe dance recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity is a pride of the Thai community and ethnic minorities in Son La province.”

Son La will focus on turning Xoe dance into a highlight for tourist destinations, serving community tourism and meeting the experience needs of domestic and foreign tourists.

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./.