Every Vietnamese at least once listens to the song "Dang dung Ben Tre" (Ben Tre girl's posture). Throughout the song, the image of coconut trees has become the symbol of this heroic land. Due to the importance of coconut in material as well as spiritual life of people in Ben Tre, since 2009, there has been Coconut Festival.
Coconut Festivals in Ben Tre
As compared to other provinces in Mekong Delta, Ben Tre does not have many as festivals. However, Coconut Festival is a unique festival associating with characteristics of Ben Tre. Taking place every two year in the first month, Coconut Festival is a great chance for tourists to understand about history, culture, ecosystem, handicraft, old architectural works as well as feel the simple but effervescent lifestyle of people here.
During the festival, there are many exciting activities: art performances of imitating the foundation, development and self-defense of Ben Tre; festival of traditional villages, contest of products made from coconuts; trade fair, so on.
Coming to Coconut Festival, tourists will enjoy an ebullient and enthusiastic atmosphere. There are a variety of stalls introducing traditional products of craft villages such as coconut jam, coconut candies, dishes made of coconut. Besides, tourists will be amazed by extremely sophisticated and eye-catching products made of coconuts with the skillful hand of artisans: colorful carpets, nice baskets, and other amazing handicraft.
Coconut Festival also honors creations, talents and passion of artisans making valuable products from coconuts. Besides, this also a great chance for Ben Tre to introduce eco-tourism potential, economic prospect as well as historical and cultural sites. Joining in this festival, tourists not only have chance to witness various products made from coconut but also taste delicious delicacies of Ben Tre in particular and Mekong Delta in general.
Besides, there will be many exciting traditional art performances of Cai Luong singing, drum performance and traditional games such as tug of war, martial arts, hessian jump, banging pots, etc. Especially, there is a small carnival of imitating characters in “Luc Van Tien” (a famous long poem of Nguyen Dinh Chieu poet – a talent child of Ben Tre).
Coconut Festival is a unique and characterized cultural and community activities of Ben Tre - the homeland of green rows of coconuts, gorgeous and charming girls and friendly and heroic people.
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