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Bai Choi Singing
  
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Ho bai choi (Bai choi singing) is commonly performed while playing "bai toi", a popular card game in Central Vietnam.
Bai choi singing in Thanh Thuy Chanh village, Thua Thien Hue province (Photo: internet)
Bai choi singing in Thanh Thuy Chanh village, Thua Thien Hue province (Photo: internet)

Lyrics of Bai Choi singing aim to remind players of images printed on cards. To make the game more exciting, each player stays on a beautifully decorated bamboo camps. One craftsman will sing along and move from one camp to another. Then, players start to guess the card dealt. Songs sung during the game not only make the atmosphere more exciting but also turn the gambling game into a poetic leisure activity.

There are many variants of Bai Choi singing, such as "ho bai thai" or "ho bai tiem". The former is usually played in markets. During the game, cards are stuck on a small table. A secret card is put under an upside down bowl placed at the middle of the table. Players, then listen to the hint provided through the song and put a bet on the card. Until all the players finished betting, the dealer releases the result and gives winners stakes.

Unlike "ho bai thai", in "ho bai tiem", the secret card is put inside a small wooden box hung on a tree. It is not until the end of the day that the dealer has the box opened and announced the winner.

thuathienhue.gov.vn
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