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Annual wrestling festival in Mai Dong Village

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On the occasion of the Lunar New Year, villagers hold a wrestling festival in front of the Nghe communal house in Mai Dong village (now in Mai Dong Ward, Hoang Mai District, Hanoi) from the fourth to the seventh day of the first lunar month.

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The traditional wrestling festival in Mai Dong village runs from the fourth to the seventh day of the first lunar month every year to commemorate the merits of General Nguyen Tam Trinh, who opened the first festival of wrestling for villagers. 

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The festival has become a traditional event celebrating the essence of folk culture in the capital.

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The festival gathers many wrestlers of different ages, from neighouring wards such as Linh Nam and Yen So, to many other provinces and cities around Vietnam.

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The festival attracts a large number of spectators.

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The annual festival aims to preserve the sporting traditions of Mai Dong villagers as well as to commemorate their ancestors.

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Elderly wrestlers perform a ritual of greetings before the official competition, showing respect for their opponents and martial spirit.

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A fierce competition in the junior category.

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The competitions among junior wrestlers took place between the official matches, attracting numerous visitors.

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A fierce competition between the top wrestlers of the north.

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Large crowds come to look on and cheer enthusiastically.

The winner will represent wrestlers with the honour of attending the incense offering ceremony at Mai Dong communal house.

 

Source: Nhan Dan

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