At the beginning of the new spring, it was also the time a series of village festivals flourished. In addition to the traditional Tet celebration, art performances, traditional folk sports also bloom and attract a large number of audiences all over the world.
In particular, Sinh Village wrestling ( in Vietnamse: Vật Làng Sình) is one of the very popular ceremonies in Hue. And it has become an indispensable tradition festival in the new year.
What is Sinh Village Wrestling?
People hold wrestling festival at Lai An village area (or Sinh village), Phu Mau commune, Phu Vang district, Hue city. People here organize festival in the 10th, January lunar month every year.
There are two competitions. One is serving as an offering for village Gods which starts at 05:00 to 07:00. This is the most expected ceremony for its spiritual meaning.
The crowd competition will start at 08:00 to 11:00. For those who can not make it early, this is a good timing for you to grab the exciting atmosphere of Sinh village wrestling festival.
How to play the match
Sinh village wrestling basically applies according to the principle of the national wrestling contest. The wrestlers who want to overcome the qualifying round must win against 3 opponents.
However, it is not really easy. The wrestlers must defeat their opponents so that the opponent’s back part must be soiled and belly is facing up to the sky.
If they pass the qualifying round, wrestlers will enter the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, wrestlers must overcome one more opponent to reach the finals.
Furthermore, Sinh village wrestling is very focused on martial arts. Hence, wrestlers should not perform life-threatening attacks such as breaking, twisting, locking the joints, or attacking with the head, pressing acupuncture points, holding hair, etc.
A notable point, especially, the unique feature of the festival is the team spirit in the locality. Whenever a wrestler of any village lost will have another wrestler to replace. If losing a battle, the wrestlers have to wait until next year, they just have chance to re-match with their opponent.
Therefore, the wrestlers often train throughout the year, cultivate morality to wait for the spring to attend the match.
What is the meaning of Sinh Village wrestling
Over 400 hundred years of development, besides Sinh village paintings, the wrestling of Sinh village has become one of the cultural activities bearing the martial spirit of Hue people and also, promoting cultural traditions of the nation.
What is more, a very remarkable thing is, Sinh craft village is considered as a historical relic from the People’s Committee of Thua Thien Hue province in many years.
Sinh village wrestling is not only getting spiritual elements such as wishing for healthy people, peace for villagers, good crops, happiness to all people. But also is a happy and healthy activity full of martial spirit, stimulating health training, courage and confidence for young people.
How to get Sinh Village wrestling
It is about 10 kilometers from Hue center. You can choose one of a few transportation we highly recommend below:
- Taxi: Take taxi Mai Linh with about 15, 000 VND/ per meter.
- Private car: Contact Hue Car Service by Bee Bee Travel for the best rate. You will get a lot useful and new information from our best guide.
Do not forget to visit Sinh Village when traveling Hue in the early spring. You will behold the exciting and dramatic wrestling matches.
Also, during the Hue Festival 2019 which takes place from 26 April – 2 May, do not forget to register for the Hue Craft Walking Tour to learn about the history of Sinh Village and their unique Sinh painting.
See more of Bee Bee Travel tour to Hue Countryside here.