Folk Game Essay

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2.2. History of the folk game. “Rice cooking competition” is a festival which had a long history and is held in Vietnam village every year. The festival is held to tribute to General Phan Tay Nhac and to encourage people to take more responsibility in their traditional works. The ancients said that in the 18th Hung King period, Van Lang was threatened by Thuc Phan's invaders. At that time in Van Lang had a person good at martial was named Phan Tay Nhac. Hung King ordained General for Phan Tay Nhac, then Phan Tay Nhac was given 30 thousand soldiers to fight the enemy. When he led troops through Thi Cam village, the Thi Cam's people followed General Phan Tay Nhac to defeat the enemy, Phan Tay Nhac decided to stay at the Thi Cam village and prepared for battle. Because of large military so they need large amounts of food and rice every day. To ensure enough food for soldiers General Phan Tay Nhac urged villagers to support rice and held a contest to choose some women were good at cooking rice in order to prepare rice, food for all soldiers Mrs. Hoa Dung – Phan Tay Nhac's wife was also a cook, she taught villagers how to cook rice fast and delicious. Mrs. Hoa Dung told them to create fire from straw, bamboo and bring water from Nhue river to cook rice. After defeating the enemy, General Phan Tay Nhac and Mrs. Hoa Dung stayed at the Thi Cam village, they taught villagers grow rice and weave fabric. When General Phan Tay Nhac passed away the Thi Cam's villager respected him as a village tutelary god. Every year, the villagers hold a festival to tribute him and his wife. The festival is celebrated on 8th first lunar month. It has been handed down through many generation as a fine traditional in spring and attracts many people both of local residents and visitors each year. The festival not only commemorates the village tutelary god but also shows love and respect to

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