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Le Mat Snake Festival

altDate: April/May
Mat is an ancient village in Hanoi and is a purely agricultural one, but it's a long-standing trade has been snake catching and breeding, being practiced here for almost 900 years. Snake wine and tonics and snake dishes are some of the specialties of the Mat village. After the morning ceremonial prayers are over, the villagers gather at the temple yard to see the performance of the young man killing the snake and saving the princess as the popular legend is played out accompanied by drums and traditional music. While attending the Le Mat Snake Festival in Hanoi, guests can be offered a cup of snake wine with 3 or 5 snakes inside.


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