Jubilant Vietnam’s oldest buffalo fighting festival


The Hai Luu buffalo fighting festival has been held for 2 days (16th and 17th of the first lunar month) at Hai Luu village, Song Lo district, Vinh Phuc province. Despite of hot weather and high fare (30,000 VND), the festival this year attracted mostly 6,000 spectators.

According to historical document, this festival commenced in the 2nd century BC and it has been restored since 2002 after along time without holding in the past. It still contains many ancient tradition and includes 2 main part:ceremony and festival.

At the ceremony, villagers offered gifts to Hung King Temple to wish a prosperous year. In the festival, 25 buffalos from 19 communes in the villages joined a fighting. Finally, the champion was the buffalo of Chien Thang Commue.

See some picture taken in the festival:

About 6,000 spectators gathering at the festival

Buffalos taken to the stage

Buffalos fighting

A buffalo will win when participant runs away

Recording the fighting

Finally, buffalo meat was for sale.