The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has announced the recognition of an additional eight pieces of national intangible cultural heritage, bringing the total number to 48.

Four of the newly-recognised are from the northwestern mountainous province of Lao Cai. They include the Roong pooc (praying for bumper crops) festival of the Giay ethnic people, the Red Dao people’s Put tong ritual, the silver carving of the Mong people in Sa Pa district, and Chang slaw (the making of paper cut pictures) of the Nung Din people in Muong Khuong district.

The others are the art of Xoe dancing by the Thai ethnic group in the nearby province of Dien Bien, and the Pao dung singing and Cap sac (age-coming) ritual of the Dao people in the northern mountainous province of Tuyen Quang.

Meanwhile, the My Long Sea Worshipping Festival, held in My Long Bac and My Long Nam communes and My Long town of Cau Ngang district, the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh, is the only representative from the southern region.