Monday, April 30, 2012

Goat fighting in the northern Highlands

Coming to Meo Vac during this time of year, visitors have the chance to enjoy the exciting atmosphere of traditional festivals and competitions by local ethnic groups.
Goat fighting is part of the Khau Vai Love Market Cultural and Tourism Festival which takes place in the third lunar month.
Untamed goats, which are raised in the highlands for wool, meat and milk by Mong, Dao and Tay ethnic people, are brought to the competition field, acting as contestants.
When the festival is in full swing, local people select the strongest bucks (male goats) in the herd to take part in competitions.
The competition field is a round, flat piece of land at the foot of the mountain fenced with bamboo poles tied together with ropes.
Spectators stand outside the fence and excitedly watch intense competitions until the winner is named.  
The owner of the winning goat is believed to have good luck all year round.