The Hanoitimes - The annual festival, which is being held in Tien Du district in the northern province of Bac Ninh on February 8 and 9, spotlighted love duet singing.
Lim festival 2017 was kicked of on February 8, the 12th day of the Lunar New Year in Tien Du district in the northern province of Bac Ninh.
This year's festival is being held on in Lim town, Noi Due and Lien Bao communes.
A large number of local people and visitors have flocked to Tien Du district in the northern province of Bac Ninh to attend the Lim festival, which is dedicated to Quan ho (love duet singing) recognised as the world’s cby UNESCO.
At the Lim Festival 2017
The Lim festival contributes to preserving the locality’s traditional cultural values and promotes images and tourism potential of Bac Ninh.
The incense-offering rituals will be held at local temples and pagodas during the festival.
Beside enjoying Quan Ho singing, visitors to this year's Lim Festival will also have chances to participate in various folk games such as traditional wrestling, human chess, cockfighting, earthenware pot breaking, and bamboo swinging.
Love duet singing was inscribed in the UNESCO's representative list of intangible cultural heritage in September, 2009.
It is an art form combining various elements, including music, lyrics, costume and a unique style of singing the reflects the close relationship between singers. Performances of love duet songs are made by “lien anh” (brothers) and “lien chi” (sisters), who are ordinary people hailing from different villages.
The rich and diverse tunes and fine lyrics of the songs portray the zest for life and distinctive cultural features of people in the region formerly called Kinh Bac.
Translated by Thu Minh