Tuyen Quang vies for buffalo fighting permit

Several localities have opposed to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s decision to only give permission to the Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival. Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival in Hai Phong Province will continue At a recent conference held by the ministry to review the shortcomings of festivals in the previous year and to make plans for cultural festivals and activities held this year, deputy minister, Trinh Thi Thuy, confirmed that they would only give permission for the Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival which has been recognised as an example of national intangible cultural heritage. “All other buffalo fighting festivals including those held in Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Nghe An and Quang Nam provinces will be banned because they involved violence that may have a bad influence on the community, especially children,” Thuy told the conference. The ministry’s announcement was faced with opposition from representatives of several localities which host annual buffalo fighting festival. Director of Tuyen Quang Provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Nguyen Vu Phan, claimed that the traditional buffalo fighting festival in Chiem Hoa District has been licensed for a long time. He also expressed opposition when the same festival is honoured in one place but banned in another. “The buffalo fighting festival shares the same elements as those in Tuyen Quang and Do Son,” Phan said. “Why are they recognised as national intangible heritage in Do Son but banned in Tuyen Quang? Many people from Do Son are coming to Tuyen Quang to find… [Read full story]

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