“Lua” is rough rice or rice growing in the paddy field, “gao” is milled rice and “com” is cooked rice. Rice is the staple diet of Vietnam. It is often said that now all three meals in a day consist of "rice and something else." If rice is not eaten then anything else eaten is not a meal but a snack.
The land where Chic Hotel now stands was vacant land grazing buffalo, so the idea to build on a small section of land to take advantage of the rice field views was born. The rice surrounding Chic has two seasons, each season takes 110 days. The first from January to the end of May, the 2nd from early June to middle of October. Previously there was a 3rd crop but due to winter, from the end of October to December, with storms and floods affecting the crop the idea is to allow the land to have a rest for the next season so the farmers do not till the soil. The seeds dropped during the 2nd harvest and the body of the plant remain to grow and are then tilled into the soil to commence the 1st crop cycle again.
Vietnam primarily has a rice-based agricultural economy, WITH 9.5 MILLION households cultivating rice Rice is cultivated on 82% of the arable land and provides 80% of carbohydrate, and 40% of the protein intake of the average Vietnamese.
“Water buffalo” were traditionally used to work the field, before machinery. Water buffalo are often the most valuable possession of poor farmers: "Con trâu là đầu cơ nghiệp". – “without the buffalo there is nothing”.
They are treated as a member of the family, and are friends of the children, whose responsibility it is to look after the buffalo.
“Tren dong can duoi dong sau,
Chong cay, vo cay, con trau di bua”
“In the upper field, in the lower field,
Husband flowing, wife transplanting, the buffalo harrowing”
The following is a child’s song to the family buffalo:
“Trau oi ta bao trau nay
Trau ra ngoai ruong, trau cay voi ta
Cay cay von nghiep nong gia,
Ta day trau day, ai ma quan cong”
“Dear buffalo, I tell you.
Let us go to the field, you and I would plow.
Plowing, transplanting are the jobs of farmers.
You and I together, no one should wait for the other.”
We hope you enjoyed the brief description and traditional songs relating to rice cultivation that is changing quickly due mechanization.