The lunar July Full moon festival and the traditional custom “Pây Tai-visit wife’s parents” of Tay and Nung people in Non nuoc Cao Bang UGGp

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One of the significant values of Non nuoc Cao Bang UGGp is cultural heritage. Tay and Nung people living in Non nuoc Cao Bang UGGp posses distinguished custom, which is of cultural identity and really human.

“Visiting wife’s parents” is a traditional custom of Tay and Nung people, it is usually practiced on the 2nd day of the Lunar new year and on the the lunar July Full moon festival.

“Visiting wife’s parents” on the the lunar July Full moon festival is the responsibility of the Tay and Nung women after they get married. All year round, they spend time with their own family and work at their husband’s house or their own houses and take care of their husband’s family. In the year, only on the 2nd day of the Lunar new year and on the the lunar July Full moon festival do they have time to visit their parents and present their gifts to their ancestors. In addition, in the Tay and Nung people also celebrate the “Ghost Festival” as other Kinh or (Vietnamese) people. They also prepare their “gratitude-to-parents or their ancestor” gift, which is similar to the Ghost Festival in Buddhism.

On the lunar July Full moon festival (Ghost Festival), the daughter and son-in-law and their children usually visit their parents in the early morning and bring with them gift for the parents, which will be incomplete without a pair of ducks to show their gratitude to their parents and ancestors. Once they arrived at the wife’s house, gift will be placed on the altar with lighted incense, then people will prepare the duck together to make traditional dishes from duck.

One of the most typical dish from duck of Tay and Nung people is roast duck. The duck, after slaughtering, will be marinated with local spices such as the leaves of Clausena indica tree and coat its skin with a thin layer of honey bee, then it will be put in the oven. Now the roast duck of Tay, Nung people has become a special dish. Tay and Nung people have some sayings about their food traditions such as: chicken is for the lunar New Year, duck is for lunar July Full moon festival. According to their tradition, the duck is belived to be one of the sacred animals because they belive that the duck is the ambassador from the heaven. On the On the lunar July Full moon festival (Ghost Festival), the duck will escort the rooster through the sea as a gift for the gods.

Source: caobanggeopark.com