Annual Guilt-free Trysts

Once a year, in mountainous Ha Giang province of northern Vietnam, married people can get away and enjoy a couple of days with on old flame -and it's considered okay! The participants gather in the village of Khau Vai on the 26th and 27th of the third month, using the lunar calendar, in order to rekindle lost loves from the past.
Legend has it an ethnic Giay girl from Ha Giang province fell in love with an ethnic Nung boy from the neighboring province of Cao Bang.

The girl was so beautiful that her tribe did not want to let her marry a man from another tribe and a bloody conflict ensued between the two tribes.

Watching tragedy unfold before them, the two lovers sorrowfully decided to part ways to avoid further bloodshed and to restore peace.

But to keep their love alive they made a secret pact to meet once a year on the 27th day of the third lunar month in Khau Vai. Thereafter, the hill village became known as a meeting place for all of those in love.

One married couple came to Khau Vai together, as both were meeting former lovers. Read more in this story by Nguyen Van Vinh. Link -via Gadling

(Image credit: REUTERS/Kham)

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Also happens in Yunnan province in China. I think it's the Bai people, but I could be wrong. They're allowed three days each year to get together with a former partner.

At least it's allowed by tradition... younger people don't usually participate in this anymore.

The reason behind it is that parents often selected who they would marry, which in a lot of cases wasn't the person who they wished to marry. So this gives them the chance to hook up with who they wished to. Now the choice of who to marry is primarily up to the children... hence it's not often practiced by the younger generations.
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