Beautiful Vietnam
Tug-of-war recognised as UNESCO intangible heritage
  • | | December 03, 2015 03:30 PM

The Vietnam Department of Cultural Heritage reported that tug-of-war which is a common folk game across the entire world, had been recognised as a UNESCO intangible heritage on December 2.


Children in mountainous areas play tug-of-war

The decision was made during the 10th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Windhoek, Namibia, held from November 20 to December 4.

In 2013, South Korea Department of Culture Heritage invited Vietnam to compile a dossier to highlighting tug of war among Cambodia and Philippines. The dossier was completed in March last year and the collaboration proved a success.


Tug-of-war game on old painting

According to UNESCO's regulations, each country is only allowed to submit one case per year and the collaborative submission is not counted. UNESCO also encourages countries to collaborate to better protect their traditions and display cultural diversity.

In Vietnam, tug-of-war is played by during festive events across the country and it is also a popular game for several ethnic groups. It is a cultural tradition of Vietnamese agricultural, expressing hope for favourable weather and bountiful crops. During the festivals, tug-of-war showcases the teamwork, discipline and spirit of the players.


Tug-of-war often played in Vinh Phuc Province

With tug-of-war, Vietnam now has 10 traditions that have been recognised by UNESCO as intangible heritage of humanity.

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