CULTURE/ART
Sunday, Feb 19, 2012, Posted at: 15:25(GMT+7)
‘Xoan’ singing in Phu Tho Province receives UNESCO recognition

The People’s Committee in Phu Tho Province on Saturday organised a ceremony at the Hung King Temple, to receive the UNESCO certificate recognising ‘Xoan’ singing as a world intangible cultural heritage.

'Xoan' singing in Phu Tho Province

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recognised ‘Xoan’ singing as a world intangible cultural heritage in urgent need of protection in Indonesia, last August.

Katherine Muller, chief representative of UNESCO in Vietnam handed the UNESCO certificate to Phu Tho Province and hoped that the Province and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will do all it can to preserve and promote ‘Xoan’ singing.

Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan agreed with the province’s plan to preserve and promote ‘Xoan’ singing.

He added that Phu Tho Province should have appropriate plans to popularise ‘Xoan’ singing in schools and education centres throughout province.

On the same day, Phu Tho Province gave away Hung Vuong campaign medals, the noblest awards in the province, to seven individuals comprising of leaders, researchers and scientists for outstanding achievements in helping to preserve and promote the values of ‘Xoan’ singing.

Medals for promoting ‘Xoan’ singing were also given to 13 groups and   59 individuals.

 ‘Xoan’ singing in Phu Tho Province is a traditional ritual folk song, attached to a particular creed when worshipping the Hung Kings and by farmers growing wet rice in the midland areas.

It has been traditionally prevalent since the Hung King Temple was built in Vietnam.

By Vinh Xuan – Translated by Hai Mien
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