Unique Vietnamese glutinous rice dumpling making contest in northern Vietnam

Every year on January 1-3, the upland district of Mu Cang Chai, Yen bai province holds the glutinous rice dumpling making festival. The festival both brings in a celebrative atmosphere for locals and attracts tourists from different world's corners.
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Unique Vietnamese glutinous rice dumpling making contest in northern Vietnam
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This is the first glutinous rice dumpling making festival held in Mu Cang Chair with the participation of 26 teams from communes and towns in the district.

Each team consists of 6 people, 3 men and 3 women who would fully execute every step of making a perfect glutinous rice dumpling, which includes baking rice, blowing sticky rice, pounding, coloring and presenting the cakes.

Unique Vietnamese glutinous rice dumpling making contest in northern Vietnam
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Rice and beans are both the best local produce grown on rice paddies and terraced fields.

Unique Vietnamese glutinous rice dumpling making contest in northern Vietnam
(Photo: VOV)

The sticky rice would be made on traditional utensils of the Mong ethnic people.

Unique Vietnamese glutinous rice dumpling making contest in northern Vietnam
(Photo: VOV)
Unique Vietnamese glutinous rice dumpling making contest in northern Vietnam
(Photo: VOV)

Men are in charge of preparing the tools for pounding the steamed rice - the most crucial step in making the cake.

Unique Vietnamese glutinous rice dumpling making contest in northern Vietnam
(Photo: VOV)
Unique Vietnamese glutinous rice dumpling making contest in northern Vietnam
(Photo: VOV)

Once done with the pounding step, teams will start shaping the dumplings.

Unique Vietnamese glutinous rice dumpling making contest in northern Vietnam
(Photo: VOV)
Unique Vietnamese glutinous rice dumpling making contest in northern Vietnam
(Photo: VOV)

A tray of delicious and good-looking glutinous rice dumplings.

Unique Vietnamese glutinous rice dumpling making contest in northern Vietnam
(Photo: VOV)

Each team would then present about their products to convince the judges.

Unique Vietnamese glutinous rice dumpling making contest in northern Vietnam
(Photo: VOV)

A lot of traditional games and activities are also held. These are imbued with local cultural values.

Unique Vietnamese glutinous rice dumpling making contest in northern Vietnam
(Photo: VOV)
Unique Vietnamese glutinous rice dumpling making contest in northern Vietnam
(Photo: VOV)

Local students performing local traditional dance called "múa khèn" and "múa khăn".

Unique Vietnamese glutinous rice dumpling making contest in northern Vietnam
(Photo: VOV)
Unique Vietnamese glutinous rice dumpling making contest in northern Vietnam
(Photo: VOV)

The festival's activities contribute to preserve and honor the traditional cultural beauty of the Mong people.

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