The event drew 24 painters from various localities nationwide, and a Russian who painted buffaloes chosen for the traditional festival, which will be held on February 11, or the seventh day of the first lunar month, with an aim to pray for bumper harvests in the New Year.
Buffaloes painted by winners of the contest will join the Tich Dien festival, a highlight of Ha Nam tourism, which also aims to encourage farmers to develop agricultural production and promote the building of new-style rural areas.
The Tich Dien festival features the importance of agriculture and the role of farmers, and contributes to preserving and upholding cultural values of the locality.
The festival began in 987 during the Le dynasty when King Le Dai Hanh decided to plough in Doi Son commune, Duy Tien district to wish for bumper crops. The practice then became an annual tradition held through many dynasties.
After a long time of interruption, the festival was restored in 2009 and has been held annually since then.