Vietnam’s Xoe Thai art is recognized by UNESCO as the representative intangible heritage of humanity

The ceremony to receive the UNESCO Certificate of Registration of Xoe Thai Art with the theme “Xoe Thai – the quintessence of the heritage region”, taking place at Nghia Lo Stadium, Yen Bai province on the evening of September 24, 2022, affirming the identity The rich culture of the Vietnamese ethnic community in general, the Thai ethnic group in Yen Bai, Son La, Dien Bien and Lai Chau provinces in particular.

This is a very important event, marking the beginning of the next journey to preserve, transmit and promote the good value of Xoe Thai Art in the future.

The ceremony to receive the certificate of UNESCO inscribed “Art of Xoe Thai” on the list of representative intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

The ceremony took place the art program “Xoe Thai – Essence of the heritage region” with the participation of more than 3,000 artists, actors and artisans, in which, the big show took place with a scale of 2,022 people.

Vietnam's Xoe Thai art is recognized by UNESCO as the representative intangible heritage of humanity - Photo 3.

The circle is formed into the symbol “Kau quail” decorated on the two roofs of the stilt houses of the Thai people.

Thai artisans sing Thai to tell the cultural story of their own nation during the UNESCO receiving ceremony to inscribe the art of Xoe Thai on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

In Thai, “Xoe” means dance with movements that represent human activities in rituals, cultural activities, life, and labor. There are three types of Xo: Ceremonial Xo, Xo Xo and Performance Xo. Ceremonial Xo and Performance Xoe are called by the names of the props used, such as Xao Xo, Xo Xo, Xo Xo, Fan Xo, Xèo Xèo, Xèo Xèo, Xêu Stick, and Xèo Hoa…

The basic dance movements are raising hands up, opening, lowering, people slightly puffing up their chest, leaning back, holding hands of people next to them, walking rhythmically.

Currently, Xoe Thai is very developed in the community’s fun and arts festivals, in cultural events, sports, tourism, new festivals such as Hoa ban festival, Culture Weeks, Days. Cultural Association of the Northwestern Ethnic Groups. Xoe has become an indispensable spiritual dish in the community life of Thai people in the Northwest region of Vietnam.

Xoe practitioners are members of the Thai community mainly in four provinces: Yen Bai, Lai Chau, Son La and Dien Bien. The center of Xoe can be considered in Muong Lo (Yen Bai), Muong So (Lai Chau), Muong Lay and the cities of Dien Bien Phu (Dien Bien), Thuan Chau (Son La).

The most popular spread is a performance in which the Xo people form a circle in harmony with everyone. The basic dance moves of Xoe are raising the hand up, opening, lowering, holding the hand of the person next to it with rhythmic steps. His chest puffed out slightly, his back leaning back. Although the dance movements are simple, they represent the community’s aspirations for health and harmony.

The dance moves are flexible and harmonized with the music of musical instruments such as pipe, trumpet, trumpet, drum, gong, cymbals, pi pep, bang bu, mak hinh. Instruments along with songs, costumes, and sounds come from the silver jewelry worn around the waist of Thai women.

Xoe Thai is passed down from generation to generation in families, cultural groups, schools and has become a symbol of hospitality and an important cultural mark of the Thai people in Northwest Vietnam. Male.

The art of Xoe Thai recognized by UNESCO is not only the pride of the Thai community in the Northwest mountains, but also the general joy of Vietnam. The event also contributes to introducing the quintessence of national culture, promoting the image, the country and people of Vietnam develop dynamically, but still rich in tradition and identity.

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