The sole remaining iron forger on Hanoi’s Lo Ren Street
10:33 | 21/02/2018 Culture & Art
(VEN) - From the very early times of Vietnamese history, agriculture has played a vital role in the country’s economy, generating a constant demand for farming tools and strong growth of their production. So important was the production of such tools that an entire street was named Lo Ren - forging furnace - in the old quarter of Hanoi.
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.
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.
Tet tugs at heartstrings of overseas Vietnamese
11:07 | 12/02/2018 Culture & Art
(VEN) - About five million Vietnamese people live in 103 countries and territories around the world. Although travel to Vietnam has become easily accessible, not all overseas Vietnamese can fly to their homeland to celebrate Tet. Many mark the most important of their homeland’s holidays in exile, maintaining many aspects of the traditional celebrations as an expression of their cultural identity.
Vietnam – RoK art exhibition kicks off
10:25 | 09/02/2018 Culture & Art
Fifty-six paintings from the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Vietnam are being showcased at an exhibition which officially got underway at the Exhibition House, No. 45 Trang Tien Street, Hanoi, on February 6.