Friday, February 24, 2017 – 16:19:39 (VOVworld) – Clay cracker, a traditional game that involves hurling clay crackers to produce noise, originated in Vietnam’s northern delta region. Clay cracker festival is organized in the spring to entertain locals and pray for a bumper crop. Whenthe Lunar New Year comes, 7 communes in Hai Duong province start practicing for the clay cracker contest and odd sounds echo throughout the village. People living and working far from home now return for the annual festival. Pham Van Phuc, a native of Quyet Thang commune, Ninh Giang district, told VOV: “From the first to the third lunar month, a clay cracker festival is held almost every day. There are contests between hamlets, communes, districts, and provinces. The farmers immerse themselves in the festival’s cheerful ambience and pray for a new year of luck and happiness.” The clay cracker game is believed to have first appeared in Hai Ba Trung era in the first century. In wartime, Vietnamese used the noise of the crackers as a diversionary tactic and in peacetime as entertainment. Hurling clay crackers requires fitness and strength. Nguyen Van Chinh lives in Ninh Hoa commune, Ninh Giang district:“I began playingclaycracker when Iwas 15 years old. Strong male villagers were chosen to form a team to compete for the title. The contest is fun.” The clay is kneaded to make it elastic and soft. The skill in hurling the cracker is very important. A cracker whose edge bursts the longest is the winner….