Tro Xuan Pha (Xuan Pha Dance), originating from the central province of Thanh Hoa, has become one of the seven new national intangible cultural heritages, according to a decision by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The dance is held on the 10thand 12th of the second lunar month in Xuan Pha village, Xuan Truong commune, Tho Xuan district. It illustrates five neighbouring countries which sent congratulatory messengers to King Le Thai To after his victory over Chinese Ming invaders in the 15th century.
In the performance, dancers wear masks and make-up to make them unrecognisable.
The dance was based on the ceremonial music of the dynasty and then was simplified into communal and village ritual music.
The performance features local uniqueness, diverse culture and creativity. It is also inherited and protected by the local community.