New Year customs enrich Vietnamese culture

New Year customs enrich Vietnamese culture

The first visitor of the New Year is very important to Vietnamese because they he or she is believed to decide the luck of the host for the entire year. Traditionally, the visitor is a member of the family or a good friend.

San Chay ethnic minority group boasts unique wedding customs

San Chay ethnic minority group boasts unique wedding customs

The San Chay ethnic minority in northeastern Bac Giang province have preserved their wedding customs with cultural characteristics that have survived the test of time.

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Long Tong, unique farming ritual of the Tay

Long Tong, unique farming ritual of the Tay

Long Tong (going to the field) is the most typical agricultural festival of the Tay, a big ethnic minority group living in the northern mountain region with a population of over 1.6 million.

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New rice celebration – unique to Jrai people in Central Highlands

New rice celebration – unique to Jrai people in Central Highlands

The Bul Rice Festival (Celebration of New Rice) is a long-standing festival held by the Jrai ethnic group in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai each spring.

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Praying for rain – special ritual of Cham ethnic minority

Praying for rain – special ritual of Cham ethnic minority

The Cham ethnic minority group has preserved many traditional cultural rituals, one of them being the praying-for-rain festival which prays for favourable weather and bumper crops.

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Tet of the San Diu

Tet of the San Diu

The San Diu ethnic minority group, who live in northern mountainous areas with a population of nearly 147,000, celebrate quite a lot of festivals the most important of which is Tet, the lunar New Year festival.

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Earrings – highlights of H’mong ethnic people

Earrings – highlights of H’mong ethnic people

Besides the dramatic beauty of the landscape, visitors to the northwest region of Vietnam easily fall for the H’mong ethnic women’s silver earrings.

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Lotus power

A cup of lotus tea by West Lake is still a poetic experience for Vietnamese people despite the fact that the flower is now less commonly grown on the lake’s waters.

“Hau dong” to be nominated as world intangible heritage

The Institute for Culture and Art of Vietnam is collecting materials to ask for concerned agencies to nominate “hau dong” as a UNESCO world intangible cultural heritage.

Money giving - a nice New Year custom

Giving money on the occasion of New Year, with desires that better things will happen in future, has become an indispensable custom of the Vietnamese during the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.

Journey through history with antique sword

An exhibition of 99 ancient swords recently opened in Hanoi, offering visitors a chance to learn more about history’s most popular weapon.

Traditional offering ritual takes place in Hue

The Nam Giao offering ritual, part of the Hue Festival 2010, took place on Nam Giao esplanade in the central city of Hue on the June 9 evening.