Get to know more about Muong people in Hoa Binh
The Muong live in the valleys, surrounded by rice fields, Hoa Binh Province. They live near a convenient place. The primary profession of local people is rice planting. Besides, they explore forest products like mushrooms, Chinese black mushrooms, cardamom, honey, wood, and bamboo. Weaving brocade, knitting is the handicraft of the Muong.
The Muong daily life
Step on Thung May at the height of 1.200 meters above sea level, tourists can see the whole of the Muong, especially, the culture and daily life of the Muong. The culture of Muong is expressed through clothes like Muong dress, rites such as weddings, funeral.
Muong people live mainly on farming, and in the old days, they soon learned how to build irrigation and dams to get water. The environment of the mountain valley has created conditions for Muong people to cultivate rice fields. The main production tools are plows, harrows, hoes, and the crops are mainly rice, corn, sweet potato, and cassava.
The Muong cuisine
The dishes of Muong people are similar to Thai dishes. However, the processing is different. Although the recipe is not picky, but the spices are vibrant like nuts, pepper, chili, and a variety of fragrant leaves with different flavors. The most typical feature of Muong cuisine is the steamed dishes. They often steam rice, sticky rice, vegetables, fish, mixed vegetables such as pennywort, spinach, water spinach, young papaya leaves, and fruits.
The grilled dish is one of the indispensable dishes in the tray of Muong people. They often make grilled fish, grilled pork wrapped with guise leaves or grapefruit leaves, chicken wrapped in banana leaves or lemon leaves.
Besides, on holidays, Muong people often make Chung cake with the big ones to worship ancestors and small ones to worship production tools. During the wedding ceremony, Muong people often use rice cakes, tube cakes, snail cakes made from glutinous rice flour.'
The grilled fish
Their music culture and festivals
Drums and gongs play an essential role in their music. Tourists come to the Muong on the days “spring festival,” “xuong dong festival,” “home festival”…, they will enjoy the melody of gongs, drums. The landscape of Muong in the middle of the valley together with the sound of the gongs, trees creates an unforgettable impression.
Traditional weaving of Muong people has a long history and very developed, so the clothes are very rich in types as well as colors and decorative patterns.
Custumes of Muong people
The Muong costume is exquisite, and there have different contours compare with other ethnic. Men usually wear the costume that covers the buttocks, two pockets below or add a pocket on the left. Women wear Pan clothes (short dress); this is a short blouse with long sleeves. Previously, their costume has only two colors: brown or white, but now, has various colors. Muong skirts are the long black skirt, which is decorated with brocade patterns.
Therefore, it demonstrates the ingenuity of the Muong. Houses of the Muong are built according to the stilted wood house. The home has one stair, during the days of wedding, funerals; they often make one stair to go to the kitchen conveniently.
Hoa Binh is concerned as the province of the Muong. Muong culture contributes significantly to make a unique appeal for cultural, traditional land. Coming to Hoa Binh, local understanding culture, tourists can help to reach Muong cultural space- reflects and retains all vivid space, daily life, production, and unique culture. Here, we would soak into Muong social, enjoy traditional cuisine and the sound of gongs. Coming to Hoa Binh, coming to the Muong is also found the cradle and history of our nation.
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