Xoe festival opened on the morning of February 8 in Sapa town of the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai province, attracting a large number of Mong, Tay, Dao and Xa Pho ethnic minority people as well as visitors.
The annual festival is held in early spring to pray for good luck and happiness during the year.
Erecting Neu tree signifies growth of trees towards a bumper crop
Offerings to Heaven and Earth
Umbrella dance of Mong ethnic minority people
A rehearsal of Dao ethnic minority people wedding ceremony
Bell dance of Dao ethnic minority people
Xoe dance of Tay ethnic minority people
Stick dance of Xa Pho ethnic minority people
Foreign visitors play traditional games with local people
Mong ethnic minority girls