The great banh chung, banh giay bake off
14:33 | 20/02/2018 Culture & Art
(VEN) - Every year, from the 15th to the 17th day of the first lunar month, a contest is held at the Con Son-Kiep Bac relic site in Hai Duong Province to pick the best banh chung (square sticky rice cakes) and banh giay (round sticky rice cakes) made by participants. The event attracts tens of thousands of local residents and visitors.
Waking northern Vietnam’s tourism potential
15:21 | 19/02/2018 Travel
(VEN) - The successful ninth “Through Viet Bac Heritage Sites” program and Ba Be-Bac Kan Tourism Week, both held in late November 2017, show that development cooperation and connectivity have brought tourism in Vietnam’s northern provinces to new heights.
Preserving ancient ritual singing in An Mo Village
11:27 | 17/02/2018 Culture & Art
(VEN) - Hat chau van, or in secular form hat van, is a traditional folk art of northern Vietnam, which combines trance singing and dancing. Its music and poetry are combined with a variety of instruments, rhythms, pauses, and tempos. Hat van originated in the 16th century and spread quickly. The main musical instrument used in hat van performances is a moon-shaped lute. The genre is famous for its use in rituals for deity mediumship. In 2016, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized the mother goddesses worship rituals, including hat van, as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
Foreigners enjoy Tet, its customs and food
12:44 | 16/02/2018 Culture & Art
(VEN) - Foreigners living in Vietnam, who have already experienced Tet, the Lunar New Year celebration, are looking forward to the experience. Those who have not, but have heard a lot about it, are curious about the many holiday customs and traditions.
Changing the fabric of H’mong lives
17:14 | 15/02/2018 Culture & Art
(VEN) - A two-year project to preserve the traditional culture of the H’mong minority in northern Vietnam as a way to improve their livelihood was funded and implemented by Craft Link at a total cost of more than VND643 million.