The elephant racing festival in Central Highland

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The elephant racing festival in Central Highland
The elephant racing festival in Central Highland

 

In March, when orchids bloom, when people in Highlands began a new season, it is when the elephant racing festival is held.

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The elephant with daily life of local people

Elephant is the animal closest to ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands. People here see these animals as friends and family members.

The elephant racing festival in Central Highland
The elephant racing festival in Central Highland

Therefore, the people of the Central Highlands held elephant racing festival every 2 years in March with meaning of honoring the ingenuity, strength and reflecting the specific cultural characteristics of local people.

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The elephant racing festival in Central Highland

To Highland on these days in March, tourists will see the excitement of the local people and the excitement of thousands of visitors from everywhere.

The elephant racing festival in Central Highland
The elephant racing festival in Central Highland

According to local people, prior to the race, the elephants will be brought to the lush pastures. During this time, the elephants are taken care of carefully. So in the arena, elephants are always very healthy, energetic. The guys take elephant to the grass to take care of, while the girls prepare the gifts for the traditional festival taking place along with elephant racing festival.

In the early morning of elephant racing festival, elders of the village along the water terminal to make sacrifices, to thank the god of water who has brought luck in the old year and pray for good weather in the new year.