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Rice cooking contest in Hanoi’s village recognised as national intangible cultural heritage

by NDO30 October 2022 Last updated at 19:00 PM

People cheer when a team make fire successfully, in preparation for cooking rice.
People cheer when a team make fire successfully, in preparation for cooking rice.

VTV.vn - With unique values, the rice cooking contest in Thi Cam village, Xuan Phuong ward, in Nam Tu Liem district, Hanoi has been recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage.

The rice cooking contest, which falls on the eighth day of the first lunar month, aims to pay tribute to General Phan Tay Nhac, a general in the Hung Kings’ era with meritorious services to the national construction.

The ancient Thi Cam village had four hamlets, and each of them sent a team to join the contest. Before the contest, the teams prepare items such as pestle, mortar, straw and pot. Each team was given 1kg of rice to cook.

The main parts of the contest include crushing rice, blowing fires, taking water and cooking rice.

The contest has a very special "procedure" that when the rice pot runs out of water, the teams will hide the rice pot in piles of straw, that are still smouldering, in the communal house’s yard. The judges will go to "find" the rice pots after a week of incense since the rice has run out of water. The better the team hides, the better the rice will be.

After the contest ends, the rice portions were offered to God and scored. The organisers will present the first prize to the team with the best rice cooker.

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