Yen Tu spring festival 2018 opens
15:17 | 26/02/2018 Culture & Art
The Yen Tu Spring Festival officially opened on February 25, the 10th day of the first lunar month, at the Yen Tu historical site in Uong Bi city, in the northern province of Quang Ninh.
Once-a-year market offers luck for sale
16:48 | 23/02/2018 Culture & Art
From the afternoon of the 7th day of the first lunar month (February 22), people have flocked to the northern province of Nam Dinh for a unique market which is held once a year for a peculiar sell off of bad luck, and for the purchase of good luck for the year to come.
The taste of Tet in Vietnam’s south
13:47 | 22/02/2018 Culture & Art
(VEN) - No holiday anywhere is complete without its typical, traditional foods and Tet is no exception. The Tet food has a dual purpose – for the enjoyment of family and guests gatherings and for offerings in ancestor and spirit worship.
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.