One of the most age-old customs of Ede ethnic group is Village water resource praying ceremony. Ritual held annually after the harvest for the purpose of worshipping the Water God who has brought good lucks in the old year and for good weather, bumper crops, happy prosperous life. This is one of the communal cultural activities having active meaning in the spirit life of Ede ethnic
Grave giving up ceremony is one of typical cultural features of the Central Highlands. In the religious beliefs, it is regarded as the funeral ceremony in order to commemorate the deceased relatives. This ceremony retains traditional and cultural activities, it is recorded in the old epics of the Jarai, Ede, etc…
The M’nong people often prepare for new rice festival since they start sowing land with rice and wait until rice got rippen. The ceremony is held at mountain fields, a rice tray is offered to Yang (God), after that every one plucks a handful of rice off and put them in baskets, called “inviting rice home”.
Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Festival is organized in Buon Ma Thuot, Daklak province. This is a big festival in the Central Highlands in order to respect coffee trees which play an important role in tree mechanism, account for 40% of total output of Vietnam coffee.
The Space of Gongs Culture in the Central Highlands streches over five Central Highlands’ provinces of Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Lam Dong. The subjet of this cultural space is home to different ethnic groups of Ede, M’nong, Bahnar, Jarai, Lat, etc…
For elephant healthy praying ceremony, invited magicians (shamans) must be the good and reputable ones who well known the local people’s traditional customs. The sorcerer with local elephant caretakers come to the ceremony with gifts, they enjoy food and drinks with the family.
According to the M’nong’s beliefs, when cutting an elephant’s tusks, one must give ceremony and pray to the Ngauch Ngaul God (a holy God managing the elephants). This ceremony is quite redundant and performed as: On the afternoon of the day before cutting elephant’s tusks, the elephant’s owner takes a bowl of rice and a wax candle to pray in front of
To the customs, the M’nong do not want home elephants to give births. As formerly, elephant calves were probably available in the forests, so, the fact that if home elephnats have sex each other will break the law and this must be avoided. And if they did, they must get “married” as a fact.
Elephant racing festival is organized every two years in March in Buon Don. When many elephants from the far highland villages come to participate in the festival, there is a competiton yard which is normally a land lot with the wild and length of approximate 400 – 500m, enough space for 30 elephants standing.