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.

Guol communal house, cultural symbol of Co Tu ethnic

Guol communal house, cultural symbol of Co Tu ethnic

A Guol house is a spiritual and cultural symbol of the Co Tu ethnic minority community in the central coastal province of Quang Nam.

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Looking for luck at Vieng Market Festival

Looking for luck at Vieng Market Festival

Hoang Van Thai from Kim Thai commune in the northern province of Nam Dinh said he has sold farming tools at Vieng Market for 10 years.

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Ornamental plants - indispensable part of Tet

Ornamental plants - indispensable part of Tet

During the days just before Tet (Lunar New Year), it is easy to see motorbikes carrying all sorts of ornamental plants, while streets which are used to selling ornamental plants and flowers become crowded.

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Dong Ho folk painting greets Lunar New Year

Dong Ho folk painting greets Lunar New Year

Dong Ho folk painting artisans in Song Ho village, Thuan Thanh district, northern Bac Ninh province have made the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival more colourful with the centuries-old art form they are pursuing.

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Dai Bai bronze-makers keep fires burning

Dai Bai bronze-makers keep fires burning

Dai Bai village in Gia Binh district, the northern province of Bac Ninh, has a tradition for bronze casting which is more than a thousand years old.

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Vu Lan festival to be recognised

Vu Lan festival to be recognised

Le Vu Lan (Filial Piety ceremony, or Ghost festival) may soon be recognised as a national festival of Vietnamese culture. The Centre for Religious Cultural Heritage Preservation has submitted the festival to the State for recognising.

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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.