Sapa love market is a unique cultural feature in Lao Cai that attracts not only domestic but also foreign tourists. Unlike Khau Vai love market (Ha Giang) or Moc Chau love market (Son La) which is held once a year, the Sapa love market takes place more often every Saturday night. Now let’s find out the special features of the Sapa love market through the following article!
Sapa Love Market – where love begins
It is said that the Sapa love market has the oldest origin, but no one knows when this love market began to be held. Just heard from many people that, in the past, the market in Sapa only met once a week on Saturday, people from all over the village came here to meet, but when the market ended, it was late in the afternoon, so people could not return home. Therefore, all the young and old who go to the market gather around the pants together, gradually becoming a custom, a habit, and then the market becomes a place for young men and women to learn and date.
Since then, weekend nights in this small town of Sapa are always bustling with the sound of the village boys and the enchanting dances of the highland village girls. Visitors from all over the world who come to Sapa on the weekend will be able to see with their own eyes and ears the true and rustic love stories and see first-hand faces full of anxiety and suspense.
This is not only a love market, a place for people to have a good relationship but also a place for people to have cultural activities, exchange goods as well as tighten brotherly friendship. Sa Pa love market is not only a place for young men and women to find a life partner, but also a unique traditional festival of Sa Pa tourist destination.
Sa Pa Love Market is a market of the Dao people from the past to the present. Every Saturday afternoon, in the stone ancient church area, there were many women wearing red scarves and wearing colorful embroidered costumes with silver rings and small coins attached to their lovely shoulders. More attractive are the shouts of each footstep from the beautiful little copper rattles attached to the shawls.
The objects that the girls are aiming for are Dao men wearing indigo shirts, scarves of the same color, wristwatches, and cassettes on their shoulders. In another corner, several boys gathered around a girl. They brought their cassettes near the girl to record love songs in ethnic languages to confess and then give commemorative gifts. The girl who doesn’t like it runs away with the gift and is held by the hand. This movement is called “pulling” – it is a typical expression of fierce confession. Until “like the belly” is satisfied by a guy, the girl will put an engagement object in his hand that can be a ring, bracelet, or comb.
So the crowd will disperse, then the girl will go back to her girlfriends and after it’s quiet again 2 or 3 girls will take the girl to “send” to the man she chose. Just meeting each other through a love market can be said to be a “lightning” love, but it brings couples into husband and wife together forever.
The two words “Love Market” have entered the understanding of people in the lowlands according to a category of marriage and love. A love market is a place for dating, exchanging feelings. There are love gestures that take place in the market according to local customs and traditions.
H’mong and Dao people in neighboring villages all come to visit Sa Pa’s love market. The red colors fade like fire from the headscarves of Dao women and the opaque melaleuca colors from the skirts of Mong girls flutter like butterflies with each footstep.
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Love market is a cultural beauty unique only in the highland ethnic minorities. Come to Sapa love market, you should try once to attend the love market to have unforgettable experiences and learn about the culture of the region. Vietnam Reviewer hopes that all of you will have a nice trip here. If you have any feedback or need help, please send an email through firstname.lastname@example.org!
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