The cockfight is a common competition at rural festivals in Vietnam. Bac Ninh Province in northern Vietnam has several villages famous for their fighting cocks. Fights staged in Dinh Bang (Tu Son District). Tho Ha (Vietnam) and Yen Phu (Yen Phong) attract many competitors from neighboring areas. Fighting cocks are specially chosen and bred. Sometimes they are equipped with metal spurs, like sharp knives, strapped over their own natural spurs. Cockfights are usually held in small, circular earthen pits. To begin the fight, two cocks are placed in the pit, beak to beak, and then released while spectators around the pit-most of them men-bet on the winner. Depending on local rules, a competition may have one or more rounds, but most fights end in a matter of minutes. Once cock is declared the winner when the other dies, is unable to fight or refuses to continue. A good fighting cook brings a prize to its owner, who has greatly influenced the victory. The owner must understand how to utilize his bird’s strengths and weaknesses. Some say that even the way the competitor places the cock in the pit at the beginning of each round and the way he picks him up afterward can affect the result. The owner must also know when to abandon the competition if he doesn’t want to risk his cock’s life. Although cockfighting may be a hobby, it requires the careful selection, raising and training of the birds: had work for a new moments of glory.
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