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Spring Mountain Festival Sapa

3rd to 5th of the 1st lunar month This festival of the H’Mong ethnic group is called Gau Tao or San Sai, which means “walking in the open air” or “wandering on the mountain top”. The festival is usually held after the lunar New Year celebration on a sloping hill near the village.

The days of the festival are filled with colourful traditional religious customs, such as blessing heaven for a child, fortune or a lucky and happy life. This is also the time that mountain villagers, boys and girls, all display their best clothes and new costumes.

Many entertaining contests also take place, such as gun shooting, giao duyen singing (a style of singing where a boy and girl sing traditional love songs to express their love for each other), pan-pipe playing and dancing, kung fu, ball throwing and feasting.