Do Son Buffalo Fights Festival

9th day of the 8th lunar month

   The festival begins one day before the actual buffalo fights. People participate in a solemn procession, accompanied by a group of singers.

   The next days, a flag dance is performed before the fights begin. After the call on the loudspeaker, buffaloes enter in pairs. They bravely fight, hammer locking each other with their horns. The one that runs away is considered defeated. The winner will return to fight during the final round on the 9th day of the 8th lunar month. The grand winner is carried in triumph to the communal house, accompanied by the excited spectalors.

   Winners, as well as vanquished, will be killed and their meat distributed to all participants as a gift from the spirits.