Vietnam Village’s Tradition of Affairs

High in the mountains of Vietnam, near the Chinese border, villagers descend upon the tiny town of Khau Vai once a year to get it on. The “love market” that ensues connects old lovers and new flames, and it does not matter if the participants are taken or single. This just goes to show that you can get away with anything as long as there is mythology behind it.

According to legend, a beautiful girl from the Giay ethnic group fell head over heels in love with a guy from the rival Nung ethnic group. In true Romeo and Juliet fashion, war ensued between the tribes and the lovers agreed to separate in order to end the war. Before they did, however, they made a secret pact to get together every year in the village of Khau Vai on the 27th day of the third lunar month to rekindle their love.

Today, locals from surrounding villages come to Khau Vai to celebrate this tradition by hooking up. Married men and women meet old lovers that they did not end up with. It is an understood part of culture and there are no ramifications for the current marriage. New romances are also formed, and the younger generation is continuing the tradition. Cell phones, text messages, and digital cameras have made connecting at the event a lot easier. In some ways it sound pretty romantic, but in other ways it sounds like one big orgy! Good times either way.

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