Binh Lieu Yellow Season Festival in Quang Ninh: Women’s Football Tournament launched
On November 4, as part of a series of cultural and sports activities responding to Binh Lieu Yellow Season Festival, the Women’s Football Tournament officially opened at the football yard of Luc Hon commune in Binh Lieu mountainous district.
|The San Chi women wear traditional costumes, and the opposing teams are distinguished by the different colour of their skirts. (Photo: quangninh.gov.vn)|
The tournament, scheduled to last until November 6, attracts the participation of 5 teames with nearly 100 ethnic girls and women.
Football playing by women is commonly seen in Vietnam or elsewhere in the world, but it’s quite amazing to see ethnic girls wearing traditional skirts and headscarves play the sport in Vietnam. Women of the San Chi ethnic minority group in Binh Lieu district are keen to play football, with each game played in 40 minutes and by seven players on each side.
Instead of donning shorts and jerseys as in normal football matches, the San Chi women wear traditional costumes, and the opposing teams are distinguished by the different colour of their skirts. The players tie their hair up before starting the game by using a traditional headband.
The San Chi ethnic women leave a positive impression on spectators while dressing in their traditional outfits and enthusiastically chasing the ball. No matter what the result of the match is, the atmosphere is always filled with laughter.
|Ripening rice terraces in Binh Lieu. (Photo: BQN)|
As a borderline mountainous district in the northeast of Quang Ninh, just 120km away from Ha Long City, Binh Lieu shares 43km borders with China and greatly endowned by nature with moderate climate and cool weather and fresh air all year around. This district is home to 5 ethnic groups, including Tay, Dao, San Chi, Chinese and Kinh.
Binh Lieu is now in late autumn and early winter. The season of reeds and golden rice terraces is to come in the next few weeks.
The immense “heaven” of white reed grass and vast acacia and Ceylon cinnamon forests Binh Lieu have currently regarded as the most mesmerizing views in this district.
It is reported that Binh Lieu has welcomed nearly 44,000 visitors since the beginning of this year. The number of guests staying overnight reached nearly 20,000, representing a 3.7-time increase over the same period last year.