Quan Ho singing or “Hát Quan Ho” is an antiphonal singing tradition in which men and women take turns singing in a challenge-and-response fashion drawing on a known repertoir of melodies.
Originally Quan Ho singing were exchange songs between two mandarins’ families. Gradually, it spread out and became popular among the northern people. Groups were formed just for singing, and many marriages were formed at these get-togethers. After centuries, Quan Ho Singing became the most significant vietnamese folk-song type.
According to the tradition, only young people used to sing quan h? songs, as the major body of song texts centers on the subject of love and sentimental desire among young adults. Nowadays, elderly singers are quite enthusiastic about singing for guests.
Each of their villages has its own festival. Quan exists in parallel with the village festival, where people are worshiping, goddess, a pair of cases that traditional beliefs.
Among the villages of their festival, Lim Festival (Lim town, Tien Du District, Bac Ninh Province) opened on 13th lunar month, is the biggest opportunity.
Quan ho singing is performed in each village’s festival on which people are worshipping their own goddess. Among annual festivals, Lim Festival on the 13th of January (according to the Lunar Calender) is the most important festivals of Quan Ho performers.
More information about Quan Ho Singing
Quan Ho Singing
Address: Chang Son Village, Thach That District, Hanoi
Note: Chang Son Han Fan Village is about 30 km from Hanoi city center in the Northwest, in the middle of vast rice paddies; Chang Son slowly appears lively with banyan trees, wells, communal house, tile roof, village gate together with a huge number of paper hand fans along small lanes of the village.