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.

Splendid gates mark ancient West Lake villages

Splendid gates mark ancient West Lake villages

Located in Tay Ho district and running along the West Lake's southern bank, Thuy Khue street has preserved its typical rural Vietnamese features of ancient pagodas and village gates.

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Visitors buy good luck at Vieng market

Visitors buy good luck at Vieng market

On the 8th day of the first lunar month (February 26 this year), people flocked to a unique market in Vu Ban district in the northern province of Nam Dinh province to wish for a prosperous and lucky new year.

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Goat to curry divine favour for Vietnam

Goat to curry divine favour for Vietnam

Vietnamese people are celebrating the new year as the Year of the Goat, the eighth zodiac animal in the lunar calendar.

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Tomb-sweeping tradition in Vietnam

Whenever the Lunar New Year (Tet) comes, normally from the 23rd of the lunar December to the New Year eve, Vietnamese families visit their ancestors’ tombs and clean gravesites.

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Lunar New Year – the year’s biggest traditional holiday

Lunar New Year – the year’s biggest traditional holiday

The traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) is the biggest and oldest festival in Vietnam, bringing its people together to celebrate the sacred and meaningful annual event.

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First-footing on Lunar New Year’s Day in Vietnam

Amongst many taboos and rituals connected with the Lunar New Year in Vietnam is xong dat, or “first-footing” as the Scots call it.

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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.