Xòe dance serves as shining soul of ethnic Thai culture

As a form to connect people’s aspirations with the divine world, xòe dance has long been an indispensable part of the Thái ethnicity’s spiritual life in the four northern mountainous provinces of Yên Bái, Lai Châu, Sơn La and Điện Biên. It was recently recognised as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

The dance reflects the Thái people’s view and outlook of the world, including heaven, earth, and the gods. It also shows their wishes for happiness, health, and prosperity.

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